HOUSE OF CARDS and WONDER WOMAN Star Robin Wright Joins BLADE RUNNER 2
The headline pretty much sums up all the info we have about this right now: Robin Wright (The Princess Bride) has joined Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling in the cast of Blade Runner 2. Wright has been absolutely killing it on the Netflix original series House of Cards over the past few years, and not long ago we saw our first look of her in costume for the upcoming Wonder Woman solo film. There's no word yet about whether or not she'll play a Replicant, but she's proven herself a versatile enough actress to essentially be able to pull off just about anything. Plot details are being kept under wraps, though we think we know what the opening scene will be.
Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners) is taking over for Ridley Scott in the director's chair this time around, and Roger Deakins will serve as the movie's cinematographer. Shooting starts in July, and it's set to be released on January 12, 2018, which is strange because typically January is the time of year in which studios dump terrible films. Looks like Warner Bros. is looking to give movie fans something worthwhile in the early days of 2018. Read the full press release below (via /Film):
LOS ANGELES, CA, MARCH 31, 2016 – Golden Globe winner Robin Wright is in final negotiations to join Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford in Alcon Entertainment’s sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece BLADE RUNNER, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.
Director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners) is directing. Principal photography is scheduled to begin July 2016 and the film will be released by Warner Bros. in North America, Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute in all overseas territories in all media.
The film is set several decades after the 1982 original, with Harrison Ford reprising his iconic role as Rick Deckard. The film is written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, and succeeds the initial story by Fancher and David Peoples based on Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Story details, as well as Wright’s character, are not being revealed.
Alcon Entertainment acquired the film, television and ancillary franchise rights to BLADE RUNNER in 2011 from the late producer Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic science-fiction thriller. Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will produce along with Johnson and Kosove. Bud Yorkin will receive producer credit.
Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers. Ridley Scott will also executive produce.
Wright’s upcoming projects include Wonder Woman from director Patty Jenkins (Monster) where she will star alongside Chris Pine (Star Trek) and Gal Gadot (Fast and Furious franchise). She can currently be seen on season 4 of House of Cards where she reprises her Golden Globe winning role as Claire Underwood.