Monday, August 22, 2016

Jared Leto joins the cast of 'Blade Runner' sequel

While the film was a pretty solid box office hit, Suicide Squad was a total disaster from a quality perspective. Choppy, completely unfocused, and devoid of any narrative momentum, DC's third film in their new cinematic universe was unquestionably their worst yet. Some people did find much to enjoy with the twisted version of Guardians of the Galaxy, but one of the most divisive aspects for everybody was Jared Leto's performance as the Joker. The Dallas Buyers Club star's role as the Clown Prince of Crime was massively diminished from director David Ayer's original cut, and Leto himself has revealed his displeasure with the amount of screentime he had in the theatrical cut (he claims that there's enough for an entire Joker film).

Even though his Joker was on screen for only about 8 minutes, I feel like there's more than enough to judge the look, feel, and tone of Leto's take on the Joker. He's a Scarface Joker essentially, a quirky crime lord who's more jokey and funny than truly menacing. He's fine, but he pales in comparison to Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson. Some really hated his portrayal, some loved it, and I fell right in the middle. Questions are swirling now about whether or not Leto will play the iconic character again in future Batman and Justice League movies, which is being fueled by the actor's own comments about the matter. But while DC gets their house in order, Leto will be turning his attention to another role in one of my most anticipated movies of the next few years.

On Thursday, the news broke that Jared Leto has joined the cast of Denis Villeneuve's untitled Blade Runner sequel. There is no information about his role beyond that, but many are suspecting that Leto will play a replicant or another villainous character in the film. Leto joins a stacked cast that already includes Ryan Gosling, Harrion Ford, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista, Barkhad Abdi, and Lennie James. This move has been met with quite a bit of disdain by the filmgoing community, who seem to have an immediate disgust to Leto's legendary behind-the-scenes "method" antics. Personally, I have a near-admiration for Leto's wild and wacky style, and while he doesn't always produce great results, it's always an interesting process to hear about. He's a seemingly good fit for the Blade Runner universe, and I'll be interested to see what he does here. This film is still near the top of my list, and although plot details and character info are both scarce as of now, we'll surely hear more in the near future.

The Untitled Blade Runner sequel hits theaters on October 6, 2017.

Source: Variety
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