NEW YORK —The long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” now has a release date. Alcon Entertainment announced Thursday that it will land in theaters on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend in January 2018.

“Sicario” director Denis Villeneuve is taking over for Scott in the sequel to his 1982 science-fiction classic. It will star Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, reprising his role as Rick Deckard.

Alcon, which is producing the film, said it takes place several decades after the conclusion to the original “Blade Runner.”

The Warner Bros. release will begin shooting in July.


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