Ryan Gosling is in talks to star in director Ridley Scott’s sequel to Blade Runner, EW has confirmed.
The 34-year-old actor has been tapped to star opposite Harrison Ford, who will reprise his original Blade Runner role as Rick Deckard.
The sci-fi sequel—penned by Hampton Fancher, who co-wote the original Blade Runner—will reportedly take place several decades after the original film, which was set in 2019 Los Angeles. Specific details about the story and Gosling’s potential character are currently being kept under wraps.
Photography on Scott’s sequel to the 1982 cult classic will begin next summer. Gosling, whose directorial debut Lost River was recently released, will next be seen in police thriller The Nice Guys with Russell Crowe.
Scott, whose last film Exodus: Gods and Kings was released in December, made no secret of his desire to begin work on a Blade Runner sequel, telling EW in January that a “damn good” sequel had been written.