Following up his role as the Joker in “Suicide Squad,” Jared Leto has joined the cast of the Blade Runner sequel. The addition of Leto was reported earlier today by Variety, with the long-awaited project finally wrapping up the main cast. The film already has Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling and Robin Wright on-deck, and a 2017 release date.
Fans of the original Blade Runner, which was first released back in 1982, have waited almost 35 years for the sequel to make its debut. The film will be directed by Denis Villeneuve, and will release on October 6th, 2017. Alcon Entertainment are producing the film.
Meanwhile, “Suicide Squad” just hit the half a billion dollars mark, the film has only been in theaters globally for 13 days. Warner Bros. announced that the cumulative total of the film is now at $509 million and counting. Having set records in its first two weeks in release, the film will help drive the overall August box office to a record high. The announcement was made today by Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of Worldwide Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
Kwan Vandenberg stated, “It is incredibly rewarding to see audiences around the world coming out in such a big way for ‘Suicide Squad.’ We have several major markets yet to open, and expect to continue seeing strong returns at the box office for the weeks to come.”
Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, added, “We’re thrilled with the huge numbers on ‘Suicide Squad,’ and to be coming out of an already highly successful summer with such a big win for our slate. The film is in position for another terrific weekend as our overseas expansion continues.”
The domestic box office total now stands at more than $238 million; the international figure is $271 million, with the film opening in Germany this weekend and in Japan on September 10.
David Ayer write and directed “Suicide Squad,” the film stars Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman and Viola Davis. The film also stars Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, Cara Delevingne, Adam Beach, and Karen Fukuhara in her feature film debut. It was produced by Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Colin Wilson and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.
Ayer’s behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Roman Vasyanov, production designer Oliver Scholl, editor John Gilroy, costume designer Kate Hawley and visual effects supervisor Jerome Chen. The music is by composer Steven Price.
* This article was updated to include Alcon Entertainment’s producing credits.