Though stressing that Ford's Rick Deckard will likely not have a prominent role in the sequel, Scott opens up, 'I've got to have him in it somewhere.'
While it has been confirmed that Harrison Ford was not in talks to reprise his lead role as Rick Deckard for "Blade Runner" sequel, director Ridley Scott revealed that the actor could still make an appearance in the follow-up movie. The English filmmaker said that though the script hasn't been written yet, he and scribe Hampton Fancher were interested about penning a plot for Ford's character.
Speaking to the Independent, the older brother of filmmaker Tony Scott noted that he'd like to have Ford returning as Deckard but the character won't likely have a prominent role in the sequel. "I don't think it'll be Harrison [starring]," he stated, "but I've got to have him in it somewhere. That'd be amusing."
Earlier in 2012, words ran rampart that Ford could return as the lead protagonist in the untitled Blade Runner project. However, the rumors were slammed by Alcon Entertainment, the company that finances the sequel. "It is absolutely patently false that there has been any discussion about Harrison Ford being in 'Blade Runner'," so it claimed.
"To be clear, what we are trying to do with Ridley [Scott] now is go through the painstaking process of trying to break the back of the story, figure out the direction we're going to take the movie and find a writer to work on it," the company added. "The casting of the movie could not be further from our minds at this moment."
Based on a groundbreaking novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" by Philip K. Dick, the original "Blade Runner" was set in 2019 where the Earth was invaded by androids and replicants. Ford starred as male lead Deckard who was tasked to track down a group of particularly dangerous replicants. The movie was nominated for two Academy Awards in 1983.