Though Blade Runner only achieved modest box office success when it was released in 1982, it has gone on to become one of the most influential science fiction films of all time. It has also led to a decades-long debate: Is Harrison Ford's main character Rick Deckard, actually one of the replicants—robots designed to look identical to humans to work in hazardous off-planet zones—that he's been charged with hunting down. The answer has been only further muddied through the various versions of the film that've been released over the years. At long last, Ridley Scott, the film's director, chimed in a few years ago to say that Deckard really was a replicant, which made it pretty unlikely that he could possibly return in a sequel.
"It's not a rumor—it's happening," Scott said in an interview in 2012 about Blade Runner 2. "With Harrison Ford? I don't know yet. Is he too old? Well, he was a Nexus-6 so we don't know how long he can live. And that's all I'm going to say at this stage."