Director Denis Villeneuve released three shorts ahead of
Shinji Aramaki (
An official synopsis has not yet been released. But knowing the year tells us something important. Another short released before
Now, the newly announced cast and character breakdown are giving us more clues about what to expect. Like a famous replicant maker and some famous voices.
From Adult Swim and Crunchyroll’s joint press release, which includes both the English- and Japanese-language voice cats:
- Elle: a female replicant created for a secret and unknown purpose (Jessica Henwick/Arisa Shida)
- Joseph: a mysterious figure who owns a spare parts junkyard in Los Angeles (Will Yun Lee/Shinshu Fuji)
- Alani Davis: a fresh LAPD recruit (Samira Wiley/Takako Honda)
- Niander Wallace Sr: founder and CEO of the Wallace Corporation (Brian Cox/Takaya Hashi)
- Niander Wallace Jr: a brilliant scientist working for his father (Wes Bentley/Takehito Koyasu)
- Marlowe: a deadly Blade Runner (Josh Duhamel/Taiten Kusunoki)
- Josephine Grant: the wife of the police chief (Peyton List/Yoshiko Sakakibara)
- Earl Grant: Police Chief of the LAPD (Stephen Root/Hochu Otsuka)
- Doc Badger: a black market dealer (Barkhad Abdi/Takayuki Kinba)
- Senator Bannister: a politician with strong feelings on replicant production (Gregg Henry/Masane Tsukayama)
- Doctor M: a brilliant doctor and professor of medicine (Henry Czerny/Akio Nojima)
- Hooper: a journalist in the pocket of the Wallace Corporation (Jason Spisak/Kazuki Yao)
We didn’t think we could be more excited for this show. Then they went ahead and cast Bryan Cox. Shows what we know.
While not listed in the cast, there’s a chance we could someday meet Dave Bautista’s Sapper Morton on the show. As well as the other secret replicants who revealed themselves to Ryan Gosling’s K at the end of
But we don’t care which familiar characters, human or not, appear. That anime short was so good we just want to spend more time in that world. We’re glad someone is replicating that wish into reality.