'Blade runner' Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) pursues the replicant Zhora through the streets of Los Angeles in a scene from Ri
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Harrison Ford is proving to be the busiest 73-year-old action movie star in the history of show business. After reprising his role as Hans Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens last year, Ford is set to star again as Frank Deckard in the forthcoming Blade Runner sequel, which is releasing on a quicker timeline that previously expected. 

Entertainment Weekly reported Wednesday (April 20), that Alcon Entertainment has revved up the movie's production schedule, and that the Blade Runner sequel will hit theaters on October 6, 2017, instead of January 12, 2018. The movie doesn't have a name yet, but sci-fi geeks the world over are probably stoked and ready for the return of Ridley Scott's dystopian world from 1982.

Some of the original film's auteurs are returning for the sequel, including director Scott, who will offer his vision as executive producer this time around. Hampton Fancher, who alongside David Peoples adopted the original screenplay from the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, will return to pen the script. Denis Villeneuve, the director of grim titles like Enemy and Sicario, will direct the film. Production is slated to begin in July.