Ford’s “Blade Runner 2049” Role Is Limited?

We’ve known since not long after the project was seriously moving forward that Harrison Ford would be returning to his iconic character of Rick Deckard in the upcoming sequel “Blade Runner 2049”.

Until today it seemed he and co-star Ryan Gosling would be the film’s leads with a comparable amount of screen time. Now comments from Gosling in a new interview with Fandango have called that into question, the hunky actor revealing Ford wasn’t filming until a good way into principal photography:

“I can say that we shot for many months before Harrison [Ford] arrived, and obviously there was a lot of anticipation as to when he would show up and how that would be, and it was just a relief. The second he got to set, he just rolled up his sleeves and we all just got to work. It was a real great pleasure to get to work with him.”

This would seem to suggest Gosling will be holding the film on his own for at least some of the runtime. “Arrival” and “Sicario” director Denis Villeneuve helms the film from a script by Michael Green (“Logan,” “Alien: Covenant”) and original “Blade Runner” scribe Hampton Fancher.

Roger Deakins serves as cinematographer while Mackenzie Davis, Jared Leto, Dave Bautista, Carla Juri, Barkhad Abdi, and Robin Wright co-star. The film opens late next year.