It looks like Harrison Ford won’t be the only original cast member returning for this year’s hotly-anticipated Blade Runner sequel. Despite appearing in only a handful of scenes in the 1982 movie, Edward James Olmos has confirmed that he’s on board to reprise his role as Gaff in the Denis Villeneuve-helmed Blade Runner 2049.
“I signed a seven-page non-disclosure contract. I did, my manager did, my agent did, everybody did,” the actor told TheTRENDTalk. “I couldn’t talk about it. I couldn’t talk about it to anybody about it. Guess what? This is the first time that I’m telling the whole world, that yes, I am going to be Gaff in Blade Runner 2049.”
When asked how he fits into the film, Olmos replied: “Well it’s not about Gaff, but it’s about someone who is going to try to find out certain things about us back then. My role is like it was in the original – that time I only had four scenes, in this I only have one. But again, it’s a poignant little scene.”
Gaff’s part is not a big one in the 1982 film, but it’s an important one, because his sculpting of a tiny origami unicorn is a crucial clue as to whether Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) is a Replicant or not.
Set three decades years after the events of the first film, Blade Runner 2049 follows a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling) who unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard who has been missing for 30 years.
Joining Gosling, Ford and Olmos are Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista and Jared Leto.