David Bowie Was Wanted for Blade Runner 2049, Reveals Director
Posted 2017/07/25 0 0
The director of Blade Runner 2049, Denis Villeneuve has revealed that David Bowie was meant to star in the upcoming movie.
Denis Villeneuve, who's directed the sequel to the 1982 Harrison Ford classic from Ridley Scott, has revealed that the team had originally wanted the late David Bowie to take on Jared Leto's role of Neander Wallace.
"Our first thought [for the character] had been David Bowie, who had influenced Blade Runner in many ways," he said (via Metro).
But when the iconic singer passed away from cancer in January 2016, he was forced to look for someone else with similar rock star qualities.
“When we learned the sad news, we looked around for someone like that.”
It was announced that Leto, who has starred in DC's Suicide Squad as the Joker, had been cast in Blade Runner 2049 as a villainous replicant manufacturer last August. He joins original blade runner Harrison Ford, who reprises his role as Deckard, as well as new addition to the cast Ryan Gosling, who plays Officer K in a part that Villeneuve says was "written for Ryan right from the start". Leto's character will be on the hunt to track down Deckard after years of hiding, but the filmmakers have promised fans that the sequel won't be a remake of the original.
Despite famously clashing with franchise creator Sir Ridley Scott, Harrison Ford insists he still has a lot of respect for the veteran filmmaker, but admitted he had a "very different" experience working with Denis.
He said: “Ridley and I have long made our peace with each other. Whatever the circumstances were during the original film, I have great respect for Ridley and admiration for his work.
"Of the 50-day schedule [on the original], 35 were nights. Which is a brutal regimen. Anyway, Denis is a very different kind of director...
"Denis brings enormous craftsmanship, cogent thoughts about storytelling. He is very direct and straightforward with the actors on the set. He either deeply loves it or thinks it is dog do."
The new movie is set to launch in October.