As he gears up for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Dave Bautista is taking on another high-profile sequel. He is joining for the untitled follow-up to Blade Runner, which stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford and Robin Wright. As was the case with Wright’s casting last week, there are no details on Bautista’s character.
Shooting is set to begin in July on the pic from Denis Villenueve, who is directing a script by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. The story picks up several decades after the conclusion of Ridley Scott’s 1982 original. Thunderbird Films CEOs Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble are executive producers along with Scott and Bill Carraro. Warner Bros will open the film from Alcon Entertainment on January 12, 2018. Sony has overseas rights.
Bautista plays Drax in the Guardians films, the second of which is set for May 5, 2017. He also appeared in Spectre and Heist and has several pics in the pipeline including The Boss, Kickboxer: Vengeance, Marauders and Warrior’s Gate. He is repped by Gersh and DMBV.