Barkhad Abdi, Oscar-nominated star of Captain Phillips, has joined the cast of the Blade Runner sequel. The announcement was made on Tuesday, and at that time, there were no additional details on Abdi's role in the film. The actor, born in Somalia, is one of the better success stories out of Hollywood in recent years. Abdi was a chauffeur in Minnesota before Paul Greengrass found him and cast him in Captain Phillips, a role that he captured so brilliantly. Abdi's success went all the way to the Dolby Theatre, where he received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his work in the film. He has since appeared in Gavin Hood's Eye in the Sky and Sacha Baron Cohen's The Brothers Grimsby. Abdi is an extremely talented actor, and he has a natural charisma on screen that works in even the smallest of roles (like Eye in the Sky). I'm happy that he's breaking out beyond his iconic debut role. He's a great addition to the cast of this highly anticipated film, and I can't wait to see what other pieces fall into place before principal photography starts next month (per THR).
The Blade Runner sequel will hit theaters on October 6, 2017.