Blade Runner 2 Was More Secretive Than Walking Dead Says Lennie James
While there are so many movies to look forward to in 2017, there is one that has been 35 years in the making, Blade Runner 2049. The first Blade Runner 2049 trailer debuted last month, which has helped raise anticipation to an all-time high, with Harrison Ford reprising his iconic role as Rick Deckard, alongside Ryan Gosling as an LAPD cop known as K. While we wait for the next trailer, star Lennie James explains how secretive the production really was, even surpassing the secrecy of The Walking Dead
Blade Runner 2049 is set thirty years after the events of the first film, where a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. Nothing has been revealed about Lennie James' character yet, but the actor recently spoke with NewsWeek, where he revealed that he was only given a selection of script pages for his audition, and not the entire script to read.
"They offered me the job. It came out of the blue and I said, 'I need to read the script.' They sent me 20 pages before my character arrived and 20 pages after my character was gone. It was on an app thing that I could only open on one device. I couldn't take a screenshot, I couldn't take a photograph, I couldn't save it. They said, 'You've got 36 hours.' I had 36 hours with it and then it was gone. Then I had to make a decision to do it. When I did [decide to do it], they sent me the whole script."
Filming took place in Budapest, Hungary last year, and unlike most big-budget movies, no photos or footage leaked from the set, with the exception of a brief Omaze video with Ryan Gosling, promoting the campaign where one lucky fan could win a trip to the set. The lack of set photos or other leaks is not surprising, after hearing about the lengths the production took to even protect the actor's sides, each day during the production. Here's what Lennie James had to say about the security on the set.
"This has never happened to me before... our [script] sides on the day, you had to sign them out, and they'd give you your sides with your words for that day, and then you had to sign them back in. And they wouldn't let you get in your car to go home until you'd given your sides back. It was frantic. When I finished on the gig, I thought I'd sit down with the script and take it all in. No. Nine hours after wrap that script vanished from my iPad."
Back in October, the first Blade Runner 2 photo debuted, featuring Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling director Denis Villeneuve and producer Ridley Scott. Warner Bros. and Alcon have set an Ocotber 6 release date for Blade Runner 2049, which will go up against 20th Century Fox's action sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Lionsgate's My Little Pony, setting up a unique box office showdown. Warner Bros. has not yet announced when the new trailer for Blade Runner 2049 will arrive, so stay tuned.