'The Walking Dead's' Lennie James Joins Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling In 'Blade Runner' Sequel

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(Photo : Getty Images/Frazer Harrison) "The Walking Dead" actor Lennie James has joined the cast of "Blade Runner" sequel.

Alcon Entertainment's "Blade Runner" sequel has added "The Walking Dead" star Lennie James to its cast.

James, who currently plays Morgan on the hit AMC zombie drama, joins previously announced cast members including Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Slyvia Hoeks, Carla Juri, Mackenzie Davis, Dave Bautista, Barkhad Abdi, David Dastmalchian and Hiam Abbass.

Ford will reprise his role as Rick Deckard in the sequel, which is set several decades after the events in the original film.

Denis Villeneuve is directing the script by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, after the initial story by Fancher and David Peoples based on Philip K. Dick's novella. Cinematographer Roger Deakins will reunite with Villeneuve on the project.

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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly earlier this month, Villeneuve revealed that just like in the original -- which is directed by Ridley Scott -- the second installment will take place in Los Angeles again, and the Earth's atmosphere will be different.  "The climate has gone berserk -- the ocean, the rain, the snow is all toxic," he teased.

In the same interview, Villeneuve revealed that Scott serves as executive producer on the project. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEOs of Thunderbird Films, also exec produce along with Bill Carraro.

According to Variety, Alcon Entertainment acquired the film, television and ancillary franchise rights to "Blade Runner" back in 2011 from the late producer Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic sci-fi thriller. Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will produce along with Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove. Bud Yorkin, meanwhile, will receive a producer credit.

Warner Bros. is handling domestic distribution of the sequel, while Sony is taking on international distribution.

Principal photography began on July 6, and the film is slated for an Oct. 6, 2017 release.

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