Director Ridley Scott has said he thinks Ryan Gosling will take the lead role in the new Blade Runner film which will also star Harrison Ford. But the follow up to the 1982 sci-fi cult classic will not have Scott behind the camera, as he’s now handed the reigns over to Denis Villeneuve.

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Speaking to Den of Geek Scott said, “I think Ryan Gosling is probably going to do it, with Harrison.” When then asked if Gosling would play the central character Scott replied, “Yeah, yeah. I can’t really say more than that, because it’ll give away the story. But Harrison’s definitely in it. In an important way.”

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The film will be directed by French-Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, who earlier this year won rave reviews for crime thriller Sicario. Speaking about the choice of Villeneuve as director, Scott said, “I spent the last two years writing what will be a sequel, and it’s done. I’m not doing it. Denis Villeneuve’s doing it, which I think is a good choice.”

“It’s a hard one. I asked somebody before, who I thought would be right – I would rather not say who it is. He just said, ‘I’m not going to do that, I’m never going to follow through on that,’” the director added.

In an interview with Yahoo Movies, Scott also discussed how he managed to get Ford to sign on for the sequel, over three decades after the original film. “I got Harrison back. Because Harrison said, 'Meh,' and I said, 'No, read this,'" Scott revealed.

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“And I think he said, 'This is the best script I’ve ever had.' We’ve been working on it for a couple of years.” The sequel is said to be set many decades on from the first film, which took place in Los Angeles 2019. Earlier this year year it was announced that production is scheduled to begin in summer 2016.