Harrison Ford revisits Rick Deckard role in ‘Blade Runner 2049’

Harrison Ford, who turned Blade Runner’s Rick Deckard into one of his most indelible onscreen portraits now reprises the role in Columbia Pictures’ futuristic action-thriller Blade Runner 2049.

The highly awaited follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1980s original classic, Blade Runner 2049 is directed by Academy Award-nominee Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario, Arrival).

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

Producer Ridley Scott recalls that when he initially contacted Ford about returning to the role of Deckard, “I think he might have been a little skeptical. Then I sent him the script and he said, ‘Ridley, this is wonderful. Correction: this is the best script I’ve ever read.’”

In addition to loving the script, Ford says, “It’s kind of fun to play a character 30 years later. In a way, I’m used to trying on old clothes,” he smiles, “and happily they still fit, so I didn’t have any apprehensions about playing Deckard again.”

“It was not possible to make a ‘Blade Runner’ follow-up without Harrison Ford, of course,” states Villeneuve. “For me, it was a huge privilege to work with him because he is someone who is linked with the birth of my love for cinema; I was raised on his movies. First, I had to get rid of the nerves of meeting one of my childhood heroes, but he broke the ice very quickly by being one of the most warm, charming, generous and humble artists I’ve ever met. And directing him, for me, was like going back to film school because he has so much experience and gives so much thought to the acting process in a way I very rarely encounter. We had the most beautiful discussions about how to approach this character he hasn’t seen in so many years.”

Within the story, no one has seen Deckard in 30 years. Ford says, “Deckard has gone through tragic events since the last film. But he was also charged with the protection of certain secrets he had and felt morally obligated to protect those secrets, so he made himself absent. He knew he was being hunted, so he went into hiding in a place no one would expect him to go. A dangerous place. And he’s been living a very lonely, singular life.”

However, Gosling offers, “Deckard is a significant person of interest in the case my character is trying to solve. K sets out to find him, seeking to get answers to questions that have become very personal to him.”

“K tracks Deckard down,” says Ford. “What transpires between the two of them is extremely compelling. It’s a very brave storyline. What I like most is the emotional context, which I think is very valuable.”

Gosling beams with praises for his co-star, noting, “Harrison is a great filmmaker. There is a reason the majority of his films have become iconic and why so many of them are revisited time after time. He is the constant in all of those equations. There are many ways to play any given scene, but when you work with Harrison, you realize there’s only one great way. And he’s already figured it out before anyone else.”

Now showing across Philippine cinemas, Blade Runner 2049 is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford get ‘Blade Runner 2049’ character posters

Columbia Pictures has unveiled the character posters of Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford for Blade Runner 2049.

Check out the one-sheets below and watch Blade Runner 2049 in Philippine cinemas Friday, October 6, 2017.

The highly awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1980S original classic, Blade Runner 2049 is directed by Academy Award-nominee Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Arrival) and opens

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

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.

The film also stars Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri, Mackenzie Davis, Barkhad Abdi, Dave Bautista, David Dastmalchian and Hiam Abbass.

Blade Runner 2049 will be distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Untitled ‘Blade Runner’ sequel unveils first-look concept art

Columbia Pictures has just revealed the first-look concept art for its Untitled Blade Runner Sequel starring Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling.

Denis Villeneuve (“Sicario,” “Prisoners”) is directing and principal photography is scheduled to begin this month. The film will be released by Warner Bros. in North America and Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute in all media for all overseas territories.

“I’ve always been attracted to science-fiction films with strong visual signatures that lead us into unique parallel worlds and the original ‘Blade Runner’ is by far the best of all time,” said Villanueve in a statement. “Ridley Scott had the genius to blend science-fiction and film noir to create this unique exploration of human condition. The new ‘Blade Runner’ is an extension of the first movie a few decades later.”

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.

Cast includes: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri, Mackenzie Davis, Barkhad Abdi and Dave Bautista, David Dastmalchian and Hiam Abbass.

Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers. Ridley Scott will also executive produce. Bill Carraro will executive produce.

The Untitled Blade Runner Sequel will be distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Hamill, Fisher, Ford: ‘Star Wars’ legends return in ‘The Force Awakens’

Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are poised to accomplish what was once deemed impossible: reprise their original “Star Wars” characters Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo after almost forty years after the first “Star Wars” movie, “Episode IV: A New Hope.”

With Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opening in the Philippines on Dec. 17, the trio of actors and characters will finally come full circle to continue the most passionately followed saga ever in motion picture history.

But first things first. Let’s get to know what the stars think of new director J.J. Abrams and what they hope fans will take away after watching the new film.

Question: What do you think of J.J. Abrams’ vision for “The Force Awakens?”

Mark Hamill: Like any good Disney animated film, these films appeal to the child in anyone. It doesn’t matter what your chronological age is, it appeals to the child in whatever age you are. And, J.J. is the perfect example of someone who understands that and knows how to reinterpret it in the way he wants to. We’re so lucky that they picked him. He’s a kid in so many ways. He’s a brilliant filmmaker and writer but someone who can instantly relate to the material at hand. I’m sure if you ask him, I would imagine that the original films were part of the reason he wanted to become a director and a writer.

Carrie Fischer: J.J. is someone who’s proven he can do these epic, otherworldly films, and also worldly films. He’s a writer and a director and he loves movies. That really comes across.

Harrison Ford: He’s very thoughtful and very wise about human nature and the development of character and relationships. He brings a real sincerity and emotional understanding to relationships, which is something I was very pleased to see. He’s an enormously skilled filmmaker and very efficient director and producer. So it has been a real pleasure to work with him and all of the members of his team as this film has gone on.

Q: What do you hope audiences will take away from this film?

Hamill: I always thought there was a great undercurrent of optimism in these films. There’s a lack of cynicism there. They reinforce what all great fables and fairytales tell you. Perseverance and purity of heart will help you succeed. I hope they’re uplifting. I hope they have the humor they had. I hope they don’t take themselves too seriously. I’ve got my fingers crossed that for a six year old who’s never seen them, that it’ll be great fun; scary but not too scary. I hope it gives them a sense of adventure and the feeling that if they work really hard and give it their all, they can succeed as well. That’s what it’s all about.

Fischer: I think they’ll be happy to be in their home away from home again.

Ford: Recognition of our common humanity and that all of us face the same kinds of problems in our lives, and that there’s hope. There’s joy in the celebration of right and wrong and in the recognition of truth that sustains us. And, they’ll have fun along the way.

Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as Star Wars returns to the big screen with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

The film stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt.

Opening across the Philippines on Thursday, December 17, 2015, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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