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Blade Runner 2 gets a writer and a female protagonist

Speaking to The Daily Beast, director Ridley Scott has opened up a bit about his plans for Blade Runner 2. Most intriguingly, the beloved auteur flat out states that the film will feature a female protagonist.

The majority of the interview focuses on Scott’s past films and the prominence of strong female leads therein, so right at the end of the piece the interviewer drops all coy pretense and straight up asks the man about his plans for Blade Runner 2, presumably expecting to be stonewalled. Surprisingly, Scott is forthcoming and direct. “Funny enough, I started my first meetings on the Blade Runner sequel last week. We have a very good take on it. And we’ll definitely be featuring a female protagonist,” Scott said.

Sadly, that was all Scott said of the film, but the reasoning for his choice is quite well thought out. Scott, he claims, has always been drawn to strong women. “I’m used to very strong women because my mother was particularly strong, and my father was away all the time,” he said. “My mother was a big part of bringing up three boys, so I was fully versed in the strength of a powerful woman, and accepted that as the status quo. I think there are a lot of men who feel they’re being emasculated by having the woman be in charge; I’ve never had that problem.”

Though Scott may not have anything else to offer on the film, the other interesting bit of Blade Runner 2 news unearthed today does. Sort of. In a press release, Alcon Entertainment announced that actor/writer Hampton Fancher has been tapped to write the script for the film. Fancher’s name may not be familiar to most of you, but rest assured that he knows what he’s doing; the man wrote the screenplay for the original Blade Runner, after all.

Additionally, that press release is the first official confirmation we’ve seen that the upcoming film is, in fact, a sequel to the original Blade Runner. It claims that Blade Runner 2 will be set “some years after the first film concluded.”

So, Blade Runner fans? Do you feel any better about this impending movie? Honestly we’re still almost totally in the dark, but Ridley Scott does create some phenomenal heroines, and a hypothetical cross between Alien’s Ellen Ripley and Blade Runner’s Rick Deckard is a very interesting idea, no?