There are currently two big, exciting Ridley Scott follow-up films in some stage of production. The first, Alien: Covenant, he’s directing and sharing a ton of cool information. The second, Blade Runner 2049, he’s producing — Denis Villeneuve is directing — and we’re barely hearing a squeak. That said, another tiny tidbit has happily made its way out to us.
So far, we’ve seen but a few photos of Scott, Villeneuve, Ford and Gosling,
we know Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Lennie James, Ana de Armas, Jared Leto, and Dave Bautista also star, and we have suspicions about a possible connection between Blade Runner‘s Pris (Daryl Hannah) and Mackenzie Davis’ as yet unnamed character. That’s a whole lotta not much of anything. Today, however, an old friend let us in on his return. Speaking to The Trend talk (about the 17:10 mark), Edward James Olmos dropped the news:
Guess what? I signed a 7-page non-disclosure with those people. My agent did, my manager did, I did, everybody did, so I couldn’t talk about it. So, I couldn’t talk to anybody … but guess what? This is the first time that I am telling everybody, and telling the world right now, that yes I am going to be Gaff in Blade Runner 2049.”
Asked how he was coming back, Olmos replied,
Well … it’s not about Gaff. But, it’s about someone who is going to try to find out certain things about us, who were back then — they come to me. I’m now retired and uh, you’ll get to see it, I don’t want to ruin the picture for anybody and the story, but just know that my role is like it was in the original. I only had four scenes I think, in this one, I only have one … but it’s again, a poignant little piece of work, that I’m very grateful …”
I just know he’s going to tell Gosling that (as Ridley intended) Deckard IS a replicant.
Stand by for another exciting edition of Blade Runner 2049 drips and drabs, presumably in another month or two. The movie is scheduled for an October 6th release.