Jared Leto boards ‘Blade Runner’ sequel


Los Angeles (AP) – Fresh off a divisive turn as the Joker in “Suicide Squad,” Jared Leto is set to take off on new adventure in the sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 dystopian cult classic “Blade Runner.”

The Oscar-winning actor will play a never-before-seen character, according to an announcement from Alcon Entertainment last week.

He’ll star alongside Harrison Ford, who is reprising his role as Rick Deckard, in addition to Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis and Barkhad Abdi.

“Sicario” and “Prisoners” helmer Denis Villeneuve is set to direct the still-untitled film, set several decades after the original, with a script from Hampton Fancher and Michael Green.  Scott is an executive producer.

Warner Bros. has dated the film for an Oct. 6, 2017 release.