The long-awaited follow-up to the sci-fi thriller was originally slated to premiere in January, 2018, but executives at Alcon Entertainment announced on Wednesday (20Apr16) they are moving up the date to 6 October, 2017 - right in the middle of awards season.

Blade Runner 2, which is set several decades after the 1982 original, will star Harrison Ford, who is reprising his role as robot hunter Rick Deckard in the sequel.

Joining him are new cast members Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, and wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista.

Sicario filmmaker Denis Villeneuve is on board as director, working with a script penned by the original Blade Runner co-writer, Hampton Fancher, and Michael Green. The screenplay is based on an idea Fancher previously developed with Ridley Scott, who took charge of the 1982 classic, and remains involved in the sequel as an executive producer.

The original movie was based on Philip K. DICk's novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.