It’s official: Following Dave Bautista’s cryptic teasing his involvement in the Blade Runner sequel, it was announced Monday that the Guardians of the Galaxy star will join Robin Wright, Ryan Gosling, and Harrison Ford in an “important supporting role” in the upcoming Denis Villeneuve-directed film.
“As speculated, I am proud and privileged and honored to announce that I am joining the cast of the new Blade Runner,” Bautista said in a video posted on Twitter. “I’m very excited about this project and very grateful that I was able to bring this news to you myself. I couldn’t be more proud. Another dream come true.”
Bautista, 47, recently starred as Drax the Destroyer in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy. He’s also had roles in Spectre and Riddick in addition to his nearly 20-year career as a professional wrestler.
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Though plot details are largely unknown, Ridley Scott, director of the original Blade Runner film, previously told audiences at the 2015 AFI Fest that the new movie will partially take place in Wyoming and focus on a large, dead tree. “We decided to start the film off with the original starting block of the original film. We always loved the idea of a dystopian universe, and we start off at what I describe as a ‘factory farm’ – what would be a flat land with farming,” Scott said (via Mtime and Slash Film), also indicating the film will open with the return of Ford’s Rick Deckard piloting a flying car as he makes his way toward a “Grapes of Wrath-type” cottage.
Blade Runner‘s original screenwriter, Hampton Francher, wrote the screenplay for the sequel with input from Scott and Michael Green. Principal photography on the Blade Runner sequel is set to begin in July, with Warner Bros. handling domestic distribution while Sony will release the film overseas.