Captain Phillips star Barkhad Abdi has been opening up about his character in Denis Villeneuve’s forthcoming Blade Runner 2049.
He describes his role in the sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic sci-fi as a scientist who is “totally deformed.” And he also opened up about his feelings about trying to live up to the original. “It’s not a pressure, it’s a blessing,” he says.
“But, for me, I do everything that I do to the full extent, like it’s the last one. I feel an obligation to [surpass] Captain Phillips – that’s my goal,” he adds. “So every time I have an opportunity, I like to do what I can, because I’m all about this [career].”
Since bursting onto our screens as the pirate leader in Captain Phillips, Abdi has co-starred with Helen Mirren in Eye In The Sky. The forthcoming Dabka sees him working alongside Al Pacino and Evan Peters. The film debuts at the Tribeca Film Festival at the end of this month.
Blade Runner 2049 stars Ryan Gosling as Officer Q, original star Harrison Ford reprising the role of Rick Deckard, as well as Jared Leto, Robin Wright and Ana de Armas. Set decades after the events of Blade Runner, it sees Q tracking down Deckard for a mysterious purpose.
It opens on both sides of The Pond on 6 October.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter