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Jared Leto cast in 'Blade Runner' sequel, but as human or Replicant?

"Suicide Squad" actor Jared Leto joins Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas and Dave Bautista for the upcoming "Blade Runner" sequel.

Will Jared Leto channel the Joker for his new role in the "Blade Runner" sequel?

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Ever since news of the sequel to the 1982 sci-fi classic film "Blade Runner" started making the rounds last year, fans have debated who should be cast alongside original cast member Harrison Ford.

Fresh off his run playing the Joker in "Suicide Squad," actor Jared Leto has joined the "Blade Runner" sequel cast, Variety reported Thursday.

"We are thrilled that Jared has agreed to play a key role in the 'Blade Runner' sequel," Alcon co-founders and co-CEO's Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson said in a statement today. "He is a phenomenal actor, and we know he will create a truly memorable, never before seen character."

Leto will join actors Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Ana de Armas and Dave Bautista on the cast list. We can't wait to see how Harrison Ford deals with Leto's method-acting hijinks.

While there aren't yet specific details about who will play which characters in the sequel other than Ford reprising his role as Rick Deckard, we already know from previous reports that the film will take place several decades after the original film's 2019 timeline in a futuristic and dystopian Los Angeles.

The original movie's director, Ridley Scott, will act as executive producer for Alcon Entertainment. Scott also reportedly gave input on the "Blade Runner" sequel script, originally written by screenwriters Hampton Francher and Michael Greenwith. Canadian director Denis Villeneuve will helm the new film.

The "Blade Runner" sequel was slated to start shooting this summer and has been moved up from its previous theatrical release date of January 12, 2018 to October 6, 2017.