It’s been a closely guarded secret until now: Sean Young will be reprising her role in the upcoming Blade Runner sequel — even though she has publicly denied being on board.
A well-placed source tells us producer Ridley Scott had Young secretly film some scenes for the new movie “Blade Runner 2049,” which has Harrison Ford back as the android-hunting police operative Rick Deckard.
Fans will remember that Deckard and Young’s character Rachael, a replicant femme fatale whom Deckard is initially sent to kill, end up together in the finale of the original 1982 film, a sci-fi cult classic set in a futuristic, dystopian Los Angeles.
The sequel is centered around Deckard teaming up with a new Blade Runner, Officer K, played by Ryan Gosling, who discovers a dark secret that could bring an end to humanity. In the trailer, there is no mention of Rachael or suggestion that she survived.
“Sean Young will feature in the new film,” says our source. “She filmed the scenes in secret with minimal crew knowing about it, and even the editors have been on lockdown about her appearance.”
The source added: “Her appearance is being used to aid interest in the movie closer to the time of release. What people forget is that while ‘Blade Runner’ is seen as an iconic sci-fi classic, in 1982 it flopped at the box office. This time they want it to be an immediate success.”
Sean Young, 35 years later, is shooting scenes for the “Blade Runner’ sequel.
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In 2013, Sean, now 57, made headlines when she said that she met producers but would not be involved. Later she told fans to boycott the sequel if she wasn’t in it.
“I saw Ridley a month ago and not a peep was uttered from his mouth about it and so I left it alone,” she told The Guardian in 2015.
Young was lauded for her performance in the original movie but, in subsequent years, she earned a reputation for being difficult and erratic, and her career took a dive. In 2013, she appeared on “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew,” marking the second time she’s publicly gone in to rehab; other recent TV appearances include a David Letterman interview in 2013 where she pleaded for acting work.
Young’s rep declined to comment.
With James Desborough