By Will Tarashuk
Barkhad Abdi terrified audiences and Tom Hanks as a devious Somalian pirate in “Captain Phillips” a few years ago, putting his name on the map in Hollywood. The young actor will now partake in the “Blade Runner” sequel. Abdi will join a cast that consists of Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, and Dave Bautista.
Blade Runner came out in 1982 and starred Ford as Rick Deckard, who had to take down four replicants who had escaped from an off-world colony. Ridley Scott directed the original, which took place in a futuristic 2019. This new movie will take place decades later and will be directed by Denis Villeneuve. Not much of the plot has been released, and Abdi’s specific role has not been announced. However, with his past credits, it’s a safe assumption he will play a villain, or they could switch it up.
The film is scheduled to start filming in July and is set for a October 6, 2017 release date.