Ryan Gosling recently confirmed that he will star in the upcoming Blade Runner sequel, which arrives roughly 34 years after Ridley Scott’s original sci-fi cult classic. On top of that, Scott, who is producing the film, also revealed the sequel’s opening scene, and for fans with a deep knowledge of the original, it may seem familiar.
As Scott told the AFI Festival (via Slash Film), the sequel will have the same opening as the original film’s script, a scene that ultimately wasn’t used for the 1982 movie. In that sequence, Rick Deckard – the titular bounty hunter portrayed by Harrison Ford in the original and reprised in the sequel – tracks a suspect to a barren Wyoming, far from the dystopian 2019 Los Angeles.
Although in the middle of nowhere, the farm features some of the futuristic machinery showcased in the original film. In a slow buildup, Deckard eventually faces off against the man he’s been tracking, a 350-pound behemoth. At that point, “I’m not going to say anything else – you’ll have to go see the movie,” Scott teased.
However, as diehard fans of Blade Runner know, the scene doesn’t end there in the original script: Deckard fights the 350-pound man and rips off his jaw, exposing the giant to be a replicant. In the original film, Deckard is a “blade runner” who pursues rogue androids. (A subplot insinuates that Deckard is, unknowingly, a replicant himself; the is-he-or-isn’t-he question that has plagued fans for decades may finally be cleared up in the sequel.)
Sicario director Denis Villeneuve will helm the sequel, which so far includes Gosling and Ford in its cast. Production will begin next summer, with Scott hoping the film, which was originally based off Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sleep?, will be the first in a series of new Blade Runner films; the director has similarly revived his Alien franchise.