Jared Leto signs on to the cast of Blade Runner 2. The Academy Award-winning Dallas Buyers Club and Mr. Nobody star will appear alongside several other noteworthy actors in the science fiction sequel.
Although Leto is primarily known for serving as the frontman for alternative rock outfit Thirty Seconds to Mars, he has acted in many films over the years. Leto earned critical acclaim for his supporting performance in the aforementioned Dallas Buyers Club and more recently, he appeared as The Joker in Warner Bros.‘ highly-successful Suicide Squad.
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.
States Johnson and Kosove, “We are thrilled that Jared has agreed to play a key role in the ‘Blade Runner’ sequel. He is a phenomenal actor, and we know he will create a truly memorable, never before seen character.”
Alcon Entertainment acquired the film, television and ancillary franchise rights to Blade Runner in 2011 from the late producer Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic science-fiction thriller. Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will produce along with Johnson and Kosove. Bud Yorkin will receive producer credit.
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