Posted on Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 by Peter Sciretta
David Dastmalchian and Hiam Abbass have joined the cast of the yet-to-be-titled Blade Runner sequel. They join a cast which already includes Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri, Mackenzie Davis, Barkhad Abdi and Dave Bautista. Find out more details after the jump.
Dastmalchian played one of the Joker’s thug’s in The Dark Knight, Kurt in Marvel’s Ant-Man (pictured left in the photo above) and Bob Taylor in Prisoners.
Abbass played Marie Claude Hamshari in Munich and Bithia in Exodus: Gods and Kings.
No word on what characters these two actors will be playing in this sequel as the story details have been under tight lock and key. Of course, their casting at this late stage suggests they are supporting characters in this story.
The film will be directed by Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners), written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green based on a story by Fancher and David Peoples, and is set “several decades after the 1982 original, with Harrison Ford reprising his iconic role as Rick Deckard.” Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling star, alongside Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri, Mackenzie Davis, Barkhad Abdi and Dave Bautista. Story details are under tight wraps. Principal photography on Blade Runner 2 began this month.
The full press release follows below:
DAVID DASTMALCHIAN AND HIAM ABBASS JOIN CAST OF UNTITLED ‘BLADE RUNNER’ SEQUEL
LOS ANGELES, CA, JULY 13 2016 – David Dastmalchian (The Dark Knight) and Hiam Abbass (Munich) are set to join the previously announced cast of Alcon Entertainment’s Untitled BLADE RUNNER sequel which includes Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri, Mackenzie Davis, Barkhad Abdi and Dave Bautista, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners) is directing the film to be released October 6, 2017. 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.
David Dastmalchian recently appeared in Marvel Studio’s blockbuster hit Ant-Man alongside Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly. His upcoming projects include the reboot of the iconic television show Twin Peaks, David Lynch’s cult classic mystery series for Showtime. Dastmalchian’s credits include Warner Bros. The Dark Night from director Christopher Nolan and Prisoners, also from Denis Villenueuve, where he starred alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman.
Israeli actress Hiam Abbass is best known for her performance in the 5-time Oscar nominated drama Munich from Steven Spielberg alongside Eric Bana and Daniel Craig, as well as, the Oscar nominated drama The Visitor from Academy Award winning director Tom McCarthy. She was also in the critically acclaimed Israeli film Lemon Tree. Her upcoming projects include the French film Corps étranger, currently in post-production.
David Dastmalchian is repped by UTA. Abbass is repped by Untitled Entertainment.
ABOUT ALCON ENTERTAINMENT
Co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson founded Alcon Entertainment in 1997 with partner Frederick W. Smith, the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FedEx. Warner Bros. distributes Alcon’s motion pictures via the companies’ long-term output distribution agreement.
Alcon has financed and produced, and/or co-financed/produced 29 films to date, including My Dog Skip, the Academy Award nominated Best Picture The Blind Side, which earned Sandra Bullock a Best Actress Oscar; The Book of Eli, starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman; Insomnia, starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Hilary Swank and directed by Chris Nolan; The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants; P.S. I Love You, starring Hilary Swank; the critically acclaimed Prisoners, a dramatic thriller directed by Denis Villeneuve starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo, Terrance Howard and Paul Dano; the family hit Dolphin Tale 2, a sequel to its original starring Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd and Kris Kristofferson; and The 33, a firsthand account of the incredible true story of the 33 survivors who lived through the 2010 Chilean mine collapse starring Antonio Banderas and Juliette Binoche.
Alcon’s upcoming projects include the road trip comedy Bastards, now in post-production starring Owen Wilson and Ed Helms; and a sequel to Blade Runner, currently in pre-production with Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri, Mackenzie Davis, Barkhad Abdi and Dave Bautista. Denis Villeneuve is directing with Ridley Scott Executive Producing.
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