Academy Award nominated actor Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips) is set to join the previously announced cast of Alcon Entertainment's BLADE RUNNER sequel which includes Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri and Dave Bautista, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEO's Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.
Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners) is directing. Principal photography is scheduled to begin next month. The film will be released by Warner Bros. in North America and Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute in all media for all overseas territories.
The sequel 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 are not being revealed.
Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO's of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers. Ridley Scott will also executive produce. Bill Carraro will executive produce.
Abdi is best known for his acting debut in the role of a Somali pirate in Paul Greengrass' Captain Phillips, which earned Abdi an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor as well as five additional nominations for the film including Best Picture. He also earned Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG nominations for that role. Earlier this year Abdi appeared in Bleeker Street Media's thriller Eye in the Sky alongside Helen Mirren and Aaron Paul.
Abdi is repped by SMS Talent.