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Next to Han Solo and Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford’s most famous role might be Rick Deckard, the tormented detective who hunts down escaped androids in the 1982 sci-fi classic “Blade Runner.” Now Ford is reprising that role.
Warner Bros. just released a trailer that provides the first glimpse of the 74-year-old actor in “Blade Runner 2049,” which is scheduled for theatrical release in October.
In the sequel, Ryan Gosling portrays a young blade runner — an android stalker — who must find Ford’s character, who’s been missing for the three decades since the original story.
The sequel is directed by Denis Villeneuve, who had a hit last year with “Arrival.”
In a panel discussion live-streamed on the internet, Ford said it felt good to return to the dystopia depicted in “Blade Runner,” in which a crumbling, polluted Los Angeles is shrouded in dark clouds and a continual drizzle of acid rain.
The first time Ford walked on the set, he recalled, “It was raining — that made me feel welcome.”
Ford said the “Blade Runner” movies — which depict a society filled with gadgetry, such as holograms and flying cars, in which it’s difficult to tell artificial life forms from real ones — have some important lessons for today. “There’s no such thing as a free lunch, and we’re really talking about both the benefit of technology and the social consequences of it in a way that I think is really interesting,” he said.