Blade Runner 2049’s CGI Effects Could Spell Return Of Iconic Replicant

But will it be Roy Batty, Pris or perhaps even Rachel herself?

Blade Runner 2 will bring back Harrison Ford
Blade Runner Harrison Ford and Sean Young starred in the 80s sci-fi classic. Image Picture Warner Bros

The anticipation surrounding Blade Runner 2049 shows no signs of abating with the news that one of the iconic Replicants from the original movie could be set for a comeback.

First released back in 1982, Ridley Scott’s neo noir sci-fi classic tells the story of Rick Deckard’s (Harrison Ford) hunt for four rogue Replicants (robots) whom he is tasked with retiring (killing).

Made up of actors Brion James, Daryl Hannah, Joanna Cassidy and, most notably Rutger Hauer, the fab foursome providing some of the original’s most memorable scenes.

Whether it be during exotic dancer escapes, punk-led gymnastics or Roy Batty’s iconic “Tears In The Rain” speech, they all play a pretty major role in making Blade Runner the timeless piece of cinema it remains even to this day.

And in news that is sure to get old fans excited for the Ryan Gosling-led update, it’s been revealed by The Terminator Fans that one of the original foursome could be set to return through the use of special effects.

The website claims:

“a source close to the production of Blade Runner 2049 has informed us that the power of CGI will bring a Replicant character from the cult 1982 film back for the theatrical Blade Runner sequel. While we can’t be specific of which Replicant this will be.”

This digital effect may be familiar to Terminator fans – it was used to help de-age Arnold Schwarzenegger for his appearances in Terminator Salvation and Terminator Genisys.

More recently, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story saw the late Peter Cushing’s character, Grand Moff Tarkin, resurrected for the New Hope Prequel.

With Hauer and Hannah the most likely candidates, despite their demise in the first film, other alternatives posed by the fan site include Sean Young’s Rachel or even a younger Harrison Ford which would probably be the most disappointing of all the options.

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