“Blade Runner 2049” finally arrives in theaters next weekend with Oscar winner Jared Leto starring as the villainous Niander Wallace, but it turns out the actor wasn’t exactly director Denis Villeneuve’s first choice for the antagonistic role. In a new interview with Metro, Villeneuve reveals that he originally wanted David Bowie to play the film’s main villain before the world learned of his passing and cancer diagnosis.
“Our first thought [for the character] had been David Bowie, who had influenced ‘Blade Runner’ in many ways,” Villeneuve said. “When we learned the sad news, we looked around for someone like that.” The director’s quest for an actor with a similar rock star vibe as Bowie led him to Leto, who had just wrapped production as the Joker on “Suicide Squad.” »
- Zack Sharf