Dave Bautista, the former WWE mixed martial artist with a very intimidating physique, has quite an impressive acting resume. He recently starred in two major Hollywood productions, “Guardians of the Galaxy” and the James Bond film, “Spectre.” He has also appeared in the TV series “Smallville” and in the movie “Riddick.” Now, he has joined the untitled “Blade Runner” sequel. It isn’t known if he’ll play a good guy or a villain.
The story will take place several decades after the conclusion of the original 1982 film, notes The Hollywood Reporter (THR). No details about the characters are known. The highly anticipated sequel will see Harrison Ford reprise his replicant-hunter character. Joining him will be Ryan Gosling (“The Big Short”) and Robin Wright (“House of Cards”). Principal photography will begin in July.
Bautista is well known for his role as Drax the Destroyer in James Gunn’s breakout hit “Guardians of the Galaxy,” a role he will reprise in the forthcoming 2017 sequel “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which is also rumoured to star Sylvester Stallone. Bautista also played a classic Bond henchman named Mr. Hinx in the disappointing “Spectre.”
Slashfilm revealed a press release from Warner Bros. regarding Bautista’s casting. It can be read below.
“Dave Bautista will join Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford and Robin Wright in an important supporting role in Alcon Entertainment’s sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece, BLADE RUNNER. It was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
Director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners) is directing. Principal photography is scheduled to begin July 2016 and the film will be released by Warner Bros. in North America. Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute in all overseas territories in all media.
The film is set several decades after the 1982 original, with Harrison Ford reprising his iconic role as Rick Deckard. The film is written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, and succeeds the initial story by Fancher and David Peoples based on Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Story details, as well as Bautista’s character, are not being revealed.
Alcon Entertainment acquired the film, television and ancillary franchise rights to BLADE RUNNER in 2011 from the late producer Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic science-fiction thriller. Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will produce along with Johnson and Kosove. Bud Yorkin will receive producer credit.
Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers. Ridley Scott will also executive produce. Bill Carraro will executive produce.
Dave Bautista recently appeared in Marvel Studios’ blockbuster hit ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and the newest installment of the James Bond franchise ‘Spectre’ from Columbia Pictures. His upcoming projects include Lionsgate’s 2016 action film ‘Marauders’ starring Bruce Willis and Adrian Grenier as well as ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ where he will reprise his role as Drax the Destroyer alongside Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, due out 2017 from Marvel Studios.”
Dave Bautista himself took to Twitter to share the news and thank his fans for the support.