Attempting to make a sequel to Ridley Scott’s science fiction cult classic, Blade Runner, obviously takes a lot of ambition given the implicit mandate for genuine pedigree. But as the cast for Denis Villeneuve’s film continues to take shape, that status certainly appears to be present in Blade Runner 2. Already featuring Harrison Ford’s return as Deckard, as well as Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, and Dave Bautista in new roles, Blade Runner 2 is now also adding Carla Juri to the cast.
The Swiss-born Juri is currently best known for David Wnendt’s Wetlands, a film that premiered to positive acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014. She also appeared again at Sundance earlier this year with Morris From America, a new film from director Chad Hartigan that also co-starred Craig Robinson. Juri, who studied in Los Angeles and London, also received the Swiss Film Prize for Best Supporting Actress in her professional debut film, 180º.
Blade Runner 2 is the long awaited follow-up from director Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners) that picks up the narrative thread left by Blade Runner several decades later. In the new film, which is scheduled to begin shooting in July 2016, Ford will be reprising the role of Deckard. The film is also 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.
Blade Runner 2 is slated to open on Oct. 6, 2017.