Frankly, it seems like a pretty foolish move to break big movie news on a day when “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has pretty much soaked up every headline. The exception to that rule, however, appears to be any announcement that combines Ryan Gosling and the highly anticipated, long-gestating “Blade Runner” sequel.
Gosling is reportedly in negotiations to star in the sci-fi thriller, the follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1982 original based on Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. Harrison Ford is already on board to reprise his role as Rick Dekkard, a bounty hunter who runs down genetically engineered “replicants” that are illegally living on earth (so yes, it’s a big day for Ford reprising his most famous roles).
The sequel will take place several decades after the original film, which was set in a dystopian 2019 Los Angeles. Gosling already proved in “Drive” that he’s a master at emitting slick, intense vibes while navigating the dark L.A. cityscape, so this role seems right up his alley. Whether he can do that while flying a car against a rainy metropolis littered with robots and moving billboards is yet to be determined.
Most of the sequel’s other major players are already in line. Denis Villeneuve (“Prisoners,” “Enemy”) is on board to direct, Scott will return as an executive producer, and Michael Green and Hampton Fancher, who co-wrote the original, have penned the script (which Scott already told MTV News is pretty effin’ amazing).
Principal photography on the sequel is slated to begin summer 2016, and Gosling definitely has his plate full until then. He recently completed filming musical drama “Weightless” and crime mystery “The Nice Guys,” and is currently at work on financial crisis thriller “The Big Short.” And then there’s his rumored roles in romantic musical “La La Land” and Guillermo del Toro’s “The Haunted Mansion.”
In other news, if you’ve ever witnessed Gosling sleep, please let us know because all we’ve seen is evidence to the contrary.