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Jared Leto to co-star in 'Blade Runner' sequel

By Karen Butler
Jared Leto to co-star in 'Blade Runner' sequel
Jared Leto has joined the cast of the "Blade Runner" sequel. He is seen here at the premiere of "Suicide Squad" in London on August 3, 2016. Photo by Rune Hellestad/ UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning actor Jared Leto has joined the cast of the eagerly awaited follow-up to 1982's Blade Runner, Alcon Entertainment confirmed Thursday.

"We are thrilled that Jared has agreed to play a key role in the Blade Runner sequel. He is a phenomenal actor, and we know he will create a truly memorable, never before seen character," Alcon co-founders and co-chief executive officers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson said in a joint statement.

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The sci-fi picture's ensemble includes the previously announced Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri, Mackenzie Davis, Barkhad Abdi, David Dastmalchian, Hiam Abbass, Lennie James and Dave Bautista.

Denis Villeneuve is directing the film, which is to be released Oct. 6, 2017. Story details are not being revealed.

Leto can now be seen in the supervillain movie Suicide Squad.

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