Last we heard, the long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott's classic Blade Runner was scheduled to come out in January of 2018, but it looks like audiences won't have to wait as long as expected. Production company Alcon Entertainment has announced the film will now hit theaters on October 6th, 2017 — a full three months ahead of schedule. Normally movie release dates slide back, not forward, so the move here is likely a matter of Warner Bros. feeling confident that the film can hit the earlier date — and everyone wanting to avoid the cultural tidal wave that will be Star Wars: Episode XIII, scheduled to arrive in December 2017.
Details on the story itself are being tightly guarded — Alcon's press release only says that it's "set several decades after the original" — but we do know that Denis Villeneuve (Sicario) will be directing the film, with the staggeringly talented cinematographer Roger Deakins shooting the film. On the cast side, Harrison Ford will be returning, capping off a return to his three most iconic roles (alongside Han Solo and Indiana Jones), with Robin Wright and Ryan Gosling also set to appear. One thing seems certain, however: there will be replicants, and they will be retired.