‘Blade Runner’: Ryan Gosling in talks to join Harrison Ford in the sequel

April 16, 2015 | 2:44 p.m.
 Ryan Gosling. (Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

Ryan Gosling. (Joel Ryan / Associated Press)

Ryan Gosling may become a replicant alongside Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard in the upcoming sequel to “Blade Runner.”

That is, if you think Deckard was a replicant in the first place.

The “Drive” star is in negotiations to co-star in the film, directed by Denis Villeneuve (“Prisoners,” “Incendies”) and executive produced by Ridley Scott, Alcon Entertainment announced Thursday. Set to begin shooting in the summer of 2016, the film is co-written by Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green and is based on an idea by Fancher and Scott.

It was announced earlier this year that Ford, a busy guy, what with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and spectacular plane landings, would be involved in the project.

According to the release, the story takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original. Of course, any story details, as well as who Gosling’s character could be, are not being revealed. New partner for Deckard? Rebirth of Rutger Hauer’s Roy Batty? Who knows.

Gosling was last seen on screen being roughed up in Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Only God Forgives,” and will be seen next in Shane Black’s “The Nice Guys” opposite Russell Crowe, and in Terrence Malick’s “Weightless.”

Alcon Entertainment picked up the rights to the prequel and sequel movie, television and the franchise itself in 2011 from producers Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin, who will serve as producers on the sequel. Alcon, currently in production on a reimagining of the classic surf-centric film “Point Break,” also took Sandra Bullock to Oscar’s doorstep with “The Blind Side” and produced a blind Denzel Washington in “The Book of Eli.”

The original “Blade Runner,” which was nominated for two Academy Awards, was adapted by Fancher and David Peoples from Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”

— Jevon Phillips | @storiz@LATHeroComplex

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