x (genbu_no_miko24) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

Jessica Henwick to star as lead in Blade Runner: Black Lotus Anime!!

-Director Denis Villeneuve released three shorts ahead of Blade Runner 2049. Each filled in the story of what happened during the 30 years between films. One was an anime-style short from Cowboy Bebop director Shinichiro Watanabe. It covered the infamous 2022 blackout that replicants created to hide their identities. The series will be a joint venture between Adult Swim and Crunchyroll!

-The prequel series takes place some years before the events of Blade Runner 2049!

-Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) and Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) will direct every episode of the 13-episode first season. Shinichiro Watanabe is on board as a creative producer. Adult Swim says the anime series will take place in 2032 and “include some familiar characters from the Blade Runner universe.”

-Not much else of the plot is given other than Jessica will be playing/voicing a replicant named Elle with a secret past.

-From Adult Swim and Crunchyroll’s joint press release, which includes both the English- and Japanese-language voice casts:

Elle: a female replicant created for a secret and unknown purpose (Jessica Henwick/Arisa Shida)

Joseph: a mysterious figure who owns a spare parts junkyard in Los Angeles (Will Yun Lee/Shinshu Fuji)

Alani Davis: a fresh LAPD recruit (Samira Wiley/Takako Honda)

Niander Wallace Sr: founder and CEO of the Wallace Corporation (Brian Cox/Takaya Hashi)

Niander Wallace Jr: a brilliant scientist working for his father (Wes Bentley/Takehito Koyasu)

Marlowe: a deadly Blade Runner (Josh Duhamel/Taiten Kusunoki)

Josephine Grant: the wife of the police chief (Peyton List/Yoshiko Sakakibara)

Earl Grant: Police Chief of the LAPD (Stephen Root/Hochu Otsuka)

Doc Badger: a black market dealer (Barkhad Abdi/Takayuki Kinba)

Senator Bannister: a politician with strong feelings on replicant production (Gregg Henry/Masane Tsukayama)

Doctor M: a brilliant doctor and professor of medicine (Henry Czerny/Akio Nojima)

Hooper: a journalist in the pocket of the Wallace Corporation (Jason Spisak/Kazuki Yao)

-Blade Runner: Black Lotus will debut later this year. Fans will get their first look at the series on Friday, July 23 during the show’s panel at this year’s virtual San Diego Comic-Con at Home.

-You can watch all 3 Blade Runner shorts (in chronological order) that were done in promotion of the Blade Runner 2049 film for more reference!

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