<strong><em>Blade Runner</em></strong> 2 to feature female protagonist says Ridley Scott
Following the http://movieweb.com/blade-runner-sequel-gets-original-screenwriter-hampton-fancher/news yesterday that original Blade Runner screenwriter Hampton Fancher is attached to pen the upcoming Untitled Blade Runner Sequel, which picks up a few years after the events seen in the first film, Ridley Scott has come forward with a few more tidbits of information.

The director says that Blade Runner 2 started pre-production last week, and that, true to his oeuvre, he will be casting a female actor in the lead role.

"I started my first meetings on the Untitled Blade Runner Sequel last week. We have a very good take on it. And we'll definitely be featuring a female protagonist."

Ridley Scott then talked a bit about why he is so drawn to female lead characters.

"I'm used to very strong women because my mother was particularly strong, and my father was away all the time. My mother was a big part of bringing up three boys, so I was fully versed in the strength of a powerful woman, and accepted that as the status quo. I think there are a lot of men who feel they're being emasculated by having the woman be in charge; I've never had that problem. All the relationships in my life have been with strong women, from childhood. The relationship I've had in my life for the past 30 years is with a very strong Costa Rican woman. Oddly enough, I find it quite engaging to be working with a female when I'm directing. It's kind of interesting.

The evolution of taking the side of the woman, as far as my career's concerned, is epitomized by Thelma & Louise. The budget was very slender-about $15 million-because nobody wanted to make it. I first came on as producer, and I was selling the notion to four or five male directors-this was made over 20 years ago, so there weren't many female directors to do it-that the movie should be an epic about two women on their journey for freedom. One director who turned me down said, "I've got a problem with the women," and I said, "Well you're meant to, you dope!" So I thought that I should direct it myself."