Now, take this one with a little grain of salt but, according to The Terminator Fans, a source close to the production has stated Blade Runner 2049 will bring back an original Replicant from the 1982 film. You can find the original article in the link, but the quote from the post is below.
We can now reveal that a source close to the production of Blade Runner 2049 has informed us that the power of CGI will bring a Replicant character from the cult 1982 film back for the theatrical Blade Runner sequel.
Obviously this is far from confirmed and, right now, it’s just one of those rumors that could be feasible. The technology is there to both de-age existing actors and resurrect dead one. Now I’m not going to talk about the morality of all that here but we have seen both being done with success in various movies. We’ve seen the de-aging in Terminator Genisys, Captain America: Civil War, even the recent Rogue One. Then there have been the resurrections, such as Paul Walker in Furious 7 and Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One. Granted all of these example still come with the uncanny valley problem, but it is done in service to the story and, normally, with the full blessing of any actor’s estate (if they are dead).
To be fair, any Replicant they bring back will more than likely belong to a still breathing actor. So, this takes a bit of the morality problem out of the equation and just takes it to de-aging. The much larger issue is that most of the Replicants die during the course of the original movie leaving only Sean Young‘s character, Rachel, and, depending on what you believe, Harrison Ford‘s Rick Deckerd.
Take all of this with a huge boulder of salt. Unless they somehow resurrect the dead Replicants, Rachel survives until 2049, or the creators decide to make Deckerd a Replicant once and for all, this is not something that will probably happen. Unless flashbacks, then all bets are off.
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