BLADE RUNNER 2099 Officially Adds Hunter Schafer In Co-Lead Role

BLADE RUNNER 2099 Officially Adds Hunter Schafer In Co-Lead Role

Prime Video's upcoming Blade Runner series has found its co-lead, with Hunter Schafer set to join Michelle Yeoh in the follow-up to Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049...

By MarkCassidy - Jun 14, 2024 03:06 PM EST
Filed Under: Sci-Fi
Source: Via SFF Gazette

Blade Runner 2099 has officially cast Hunter Schafer in a co-lead role.

We recently learned that Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All At Once, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) had signed on to play one of the two female leads in Prime Video's sci-fi series, and Variety has now confirmed a recent rumor that The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes star is set to join her.

The trade doesn't share any official plot or character details, but according to reliable insider Daniel Richtman - who broke the news of Schafer's casting last week - the Cuckoo and Euphoria star looks set to play Cora.

The previously-released plot synopsis revealed a little about this character (could she be a former Blade Runner?), who will join forces with a Replicant named Olwen (Yeoh).

"In Los Angeles 2099, Cora lived her entire life on the run, a chameleon forced to adopt numerous identities. To secure a stable future for her brother, she assumes one final identity and is forced to partner with Olwen, a Replicant who’s confronting the end of her life. The two are pulled into a widening conspiracy that poses an existential threat to a city that’s fighting to be reborn."

Filming is expected to commence later this month or early July.

Shōgun director Jonathan van Tulleken was recently tapped to helm and executive produce the first two episodes. He replaces Jeremy Podeswa, who was originally set to direct before being forced to step away due to a scheduling conflict.

Amazon Studios and Alcon Entertainment are developing the project, with the original sci-fi classic's director, Sir Ridley Scott, on board as an executive producer. Silka Luisa (Shining Girls) will serve as showrunner.

"The original Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott, is considered one of the greatest and most influential science-fiction movies of all time, and we’re excited to introduce Blade Runner 2099 to our global Prime Video customers," Amazon Studios Head of Global Television Vernon Sanders said in a statement back when the show was announced. "We are honored to be able to present this continuation of the Blade Runner franchise, and are confident that by teaming up with Ridley, Alcon Entertainment, Scott Free Productions, and the remarkably talented Silka Luisa, Blade Runner 2099 will uphold the intellect, themes, and spirit of its film predecessors."

Alcon co-CEOs and co-founders Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson added, "Audiences first discovered Ridley Scott’s brilliant vision for Blade Runner 40 years ago, and since then, it has become one of the most influential science-fiction films of all time. Denis Villeneuve’s follow-up sequel, Blade Runner 2049, then became one of the best reviewed sequels of all time."

With such a lengthy time-jump between this series and Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049, it's highly unlikely that Harrison Ford will reprise the role of Rick Deckard. Ryan Gosling is a possibility, although his Replicant character appeared to die in the closing moments of the 2017 sequel. 

This doesn't mean he couldn't return, of course, but It seems far more likely that the series will focus on a brand-new cast of characters with minor ties to the movies.

What would you like to see from Blade Runner 2099? Drop us a comment down below.

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BB8ANG - 6/14/2024, 3:12 PM
@DocSpock - Boo
DocSpock - 6/14/2024, 3:14 PM

Boo Boo
DocSpock - 6/14/2024, 3:12 PM

This just in. No men will be allowed in this movie..

2 lesbian female replicants will spawn an immaculate replicant baby birth. This replicant will time travel to 2024 in a mission to turn everyone from Gen Z into a bunch of helpless whining pu$$ies. Oops, I guess it already happened.
bobevanz - 6/14/2024, 3:17 PM
@DocSpock -
DocSpock - 6/14/2024, 3:19 PM
@bobevanz -


I love a good kick in the brain meat.
MarkCassidy - 6/14/2024, 3:24 PM
@DocSpock - I'd watch it
Blergh - 6/14/2024, 3:29 PM
@DocSpock - 1. it's a series, not a movie.
2. be nice, it's just an actress with a background you don't care about. No need to drag your dislike into this. What if the show is great? Will you let your dislike for Schaffer lead your opinion?
DocSpock - 6/14/2024, 3:39 PM
@MarkCassidy -

Ooh Yah!
DocSpock - 6/14/2024, 3:42 PM
@Blergh -

I don't have any idea about most of what you just said. And what on Earth makes you think I don't like Shafer??

I'm gonna watch it. If it's great, I'll love it.
marvel72 - 6/14/2024, 4:01 PM
@DocSpock - Hunter is the male lead.

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DocSpock - 6/14/2024, 4:05 PM
@marvel72 -

SodaBurps - 6/14/2024, 9:04 PM
@Feralwookiee - Jenna Sativa on the left and Shyla Jennings on the right. 😉
Feralwookiee - 6/14/2024, 9:09 PM
@SodaBurps - User Comment Image
DocSpock - 6/14/2024, 9:18 PM
@Feralwookiee -

Is this a porno right before the pizza delivery guy says, "Here's the pepperoni!!"
Malatrova15 - 6/14/2024, 10:20 PM
@Feralwookiee - ok budi gonna give you 12 labor days to delete this image or i will make a full minority report to Josh El Wildo and Nate Mid...tick tock pal
Feralwookiee - 6/15/2024, 9:31 AM
@Malatrova15 - But I've been through mandatory dei and doubleplus good training.
Some women have penises.
Diversity is our strength.
We have always been at war Eastasia.
See? See! I'm rightthink!
Feralwookiee - 6/15/2024, 9:32 AM
@DocSpock - Uh. This is about the force.
There are no "m" words involved.
HashTagSwagg - 6/14/2024, 3:16 PM
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bobevanz - 6/14/2024, 3:16 PM
I know someone in this site who will be very happy lol, I'm looking forward to seeing Hunter in Kinds of Kindness in two weeks
Shivermetimbers - 6/14/2024, 6:08 PM
@bobevanz - I've never seen hunter in anything? If she is talented, I could care less if she used to be a he. I think the androgyny could actually play into her portrayal of a replicant. I also love Michelle Yeoh, so as a big BR20249 (and the original) fan, I will definitely be watching this.
Malatrova15 - 6/14/2024, 10:21 PM
@Shivermetimbers - gonna be sincere ...i havent watched any of her stuff either , just deepfakes in 4chan
Shivermetimbers - 6/15/2024, 1:22 AM
@Malatrova15 - whoa whoa whoa, this feels weird
Malatrova15 - 6/15/2024, 1:30 AM
@Shivermetimbers - that not saying she isnt a good actress
Origame - 6/14/2024, 3:19 PM
Who's playing Miguel O'Hara?
Fogs - 6/14/2024, 3:33 PM
@Origame - lol, 1st thing I thought
McMurdo - 6/14/2024, 3:19 PM
Malatrova gonna get her/they're/him rocks off to this one.
Feralwookiee - 6/14/2024, 4:55 PM
@McMurdo - This thread is an hour old and is about our goddess Hunter, and he hasn't posted yet?

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McMurdo - 6/14/2024, 5:03 PM
@Feralwookiee - it's scary indeed
JustAWaffle - 6/15/2024, 6:48 AM
@Feralwookiee - completely OT, but my buddy accidentally sent that gif to a person at work who’s super old and very conservative. He made up for it by texting “where’s the fun?”

Old friend fell for it and my buddy’s job was saved.
MyCoolYoung - 6/14/2024, 3:23 PM
Everyone be civil and refrain from commenting until Malatrova15 comes back. Thanks in advance
TheVisionary25 - 6/14/2024, 3:24 PM

Hunter is good from what I have seen and is a nice co-lead alongside Michelle Yeoh so im down for this!!.

The premise seems intriguing so I’ll give it a shot though I would like to watch the movies first atleast…

As someone who has claimed to like the cyberpunk genre , it’s odd that I have just never really watched to check them out strongly but now I’ll do so ASAP!!.
MarkCassidy - 6/14/2024, 3:24 PM
Schafer (I don't wanna get into the pronoun bollocks) is a great actor. Check out euphoria and new horror flick cuckoo
TheFinestSmack - 6/14/2024, 3:52 PM
@MarkCassidy - I've not seen Schafer in anything but i hear good things.
McMurdo - 6/14/2024, 5:04 PM
@MarkCassidy - did you already see Cuckoo??? I agree she's great in Euphoria. I liked season 1 and 2 but I know people aren't about season 2.
WhateverItTakes - 6/14/2024, 3:25 PM
I don't even know who that person is
WhateverItTakes - 6/14/2024, 3:26 PM
Who is she
HashTagSwagg - 6/14/2024, 3:55 PM
@WhateverItTakes - User Comment Image
WhateverItTakes - 6/14/2024, 3:57 PM
@HashTagSwagg - User Comment Image
clintthahamster - 6/14/2024, 4:20 PM
@WhateverItTakes - She's trans, so some dudes refuse to use her preferred pronouns.
DarthAlgar - 6/14/2024, 5:23 PM
@clintthahamster - If she chops her junk off then I will gladly refer to her as a woman.

If someone can go as far as to throw away their own male genitalia then I think that shows REAL commitment.

But the swimsuit picture Malatrova15 posted showed a micropenis.

Unless that was an older preop picture.
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