– by Joseph Jammer Medina

For a while, it seemed like actor and Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto was all but done with acting. He’d always kept his acting roles well-curated, but following his 2009 role in Mr. Nobody, he took a long break. It wasn’t until 2013’s Dallas Buyer’s Club (and his subsequent Oscar win) that he seemed to have a bit of an acting resurgence. He signed on as the Joker in Suicide Squad, as well as the rest of the DCEU, giving him more exposure than ever before.

Leto seems to be continuing that trend, as according to SuperHeroHype, the actor is set to join the anticipated sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 film, Blade Runner. He will be joining a cast that includes Harrison Ford (reprising his role from the original film), Ryan Gosling (in a new, unspecified leading role), Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri, Mackenzie Davis, and Barkhad Abdi. The film is set to be helmed by PrisonersSicario, and Arrival director Denis Villeneuve, a director who has yet to put out a bad feature.

With Leto joining this cast, it only adds to the already-impressive pedigree for the film. It’s also a move that seems like a solid fit for Leto’s more artistic sensibilities. If you’ve been keeping up with the trades, it certainly seems like what he wants out of his role as the Joker isn’t quite in line with what they’re trying to do over in the DC Extended Universe. Perhaps a role in a more thoughtful picture like this will be exactly the remedy he needs.

Alcon Entertainment co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson had the following to say regarding the casting news:

“We are thrilled that Jared has agreed to play a key role in the Blade Runner sequel. He is a phenomenal actor, and we know he will create a truly memorable, never before seen character.”

The currently-untitled Blade Runner 2 is set decades after the original film, in a world where the ocean, rain, and snow are all toxic. 

Given the classic nature of the original film, it’s no understatement to say that the stakes are high for this one. Unlike a lot of sequels in Hollywood, this is a film that will likely seek to explore complex ideas more than out-gross the latest superhero flick. Given Villeneuve’s track record, as well as the talent he’s brought on board, I’d say that’s quite the possibility.

What do you think of Leto joining the upcoming Blade Runner sequel? Let us know your thoughts down below!

Blade Runner 2 is set to hit theaters on October 6, 2017.

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SOURCE: Alcon Entertainment (via SuperHeroHype)

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.