Harrison Ford attends the 12th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday, Jan 16, 2015, in Los Angeles
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February 27, 2015 4:29 AM EST

Harrison Ford will grace the silver screen as Rick Deckard in the upcoming sequel to Blade Runner, Alcon Entertainment announced on Thursday.

Ridley Scott, the original director of the 1982 sci-fi thriller, will not be coming back to direct the latest version but he has signed on as a producer, according to Variety.

Alcon Entertainment is currently in negotiations with Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve to replace Scott as the man behind the camera.

“We are honored that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve, who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on Prisoners,” said producers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.

Apparently, Ford said the script to the sequel is the “best thing he’s ever read.”

The original film depicted a dystopian Los Angeles in the year 2019, and despite a poor showing at the box office became a cult classic and today is lauded for its production design.

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