We know that none of the villainous Replicants will be returning in French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 because they all “died” in the original movie, and Sean Young hasn’t been doing much film acting these days so it’s unlikely we’ll ever see Rachael again, but at least one familiar character will be joining Harrison Ford‘s Rick Deckard in the sequel. In a recent interview with TheTRENDTalk, Edward James Olmos revealed that he will make a repeat performance as the enigmatic Gaff, a character that has been the cornerstone of speculation about the true nature of Ford’s Deckard.
Well, it’s not about Gaff, but it’s about someone who is going to try to find out certain things about us back then. My role is like it was in the original – that time, I only had four scenes; in this, I only have one. But again, it’s a poignant little scene.
Ever since the 2007 “Final Cut” of the original film, the origami unicorn that Gaff leaves behind was thought to hint that Deckard was actually a Replicant himself and that Gaff had knowledge of this. Ford has said that his character was definitively not a Replicant, while director Ridley Scott has contended that he is. Based on the little that Olmos has said about his role, it appears as if the truth will finally be revealed and Gaff will have something to do with it.
Blade Runner 2049 was written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, from a story by Fancher, and is based on the world envisioned by the late Philip K. Dick. Ryan Gosling leads the cast as new blade runner, LAPD Officer K.
The movie is slated for release on October 6, 2017.