Captain Phillip's Barkhad Abdi Reportedly Joining Blade Runner Sequel Cast

barkhadabdicaptainphillipsEntertainment Weekly reports that Captain Phillips' Barkhad Abdi — who received an Academy Award nomination for the role — has joined the cast of the upcoming Blade Runner sequel.

The film will star a returning Harrison Ford as Blade Runner Rick Deckard. The script by original film co-writer Hampton Fancher and Michael Green — based on a story by Fancher and Blade Runner director Ridley Scott — is shrouded in mystery. Althought, it is said to be set several decades after Deckard and the experimental Replicant Rachel abandoned Los Angeles for lovely mountain footage borrowed from Stanley Kubrick. Well, okay, that's true in at least one version of the film.

As for Abdi, he could be part of the new Los Angeles power elite that emerged in the wake of Eldon Tyrell's death in Blade Runner.

Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright and Dave Bautista are also set to star with production under the direction of Sicario's Denis Villeneuve in July. The film is slated for release on October 6th 2017.