Ford never in new Blade Runner film
It has been confirmed that Harrison Ford would not be in the next Blade Runner film, and of course while that comes from the producer of the Blade Runner sequel it does always come with the caveat that this is early on in the development of the film and things could change so never say never.
That said Ridley Scott did address the issue some time ago just as he confirmed his role, so was there any real doubt that Ford would return?
Here's a quick recap.
A wee while ago we heard that the rights to Blade Runner had been bought and that the company intended to make sequels, yes more than one, to the original Blade Runner film, and the shocking news was that they secured none other than Ridley Scott for the film which later turned out to be as a director.
In that story Ridley Scott also said something very interesting, he confirmed that they were trying to write a sequel, yes a sequel, and he said the following about whether the previous cast would be there, please note this from Scott himself.
"...not with the past cast, of course."
"No, not really..."
The "not really" part was intriguing, but not enough to suggest that Harrison Ford was returning to the role, in fact the most that would suggest is flashback or something similar.
So to hear the rumour through Twitch and The Guardian that Harrison Ford was going to make a surprise return to the film was, well surprising, and very early, after all we weren't sure they had a writer or a way forward with the sequel and casting seemed quite a ways off.
Unsurprisingly we hear that the rumour has been killed by the producer Andrew Kosove who reiterates what Ridley Scott himself said some time ago:
"It is absolutely patently false that there has been any discussion about Harrison Ford being in Blade Runner. To be clear, what we are trying to do with Ridley now is go through the painstaking process of trying to break the back of the story, figure out the direction we're going to take the movie and find a writer to work on it. The casting of the movie could not be further from our minds at this moment."
He said that through Deadline and went on to say:
"What Ridley does in Prometheus is a good template for what we're trying to do. He created something that has some association to the original Alien, but lives on its own as a standalone movie."
Of course it's way too early in the production to even consider casting, although if you are working on the story you would have a fair idea if the character was going to be in there or not, and so far that looks like a resounding no.
Kosove does give us the concession that there is a chance the character might surface as they get the ideas and build them into a script, but it doesn't sound like it would be in any major role nor does there seem any desire to do that.
The big question would be does Harrison Ford want to return to the role, and considering how well his returns to old characters have been I would suggest not.