The 29-year-old Canadian, also known for her roles in Zac Efron's That Awkward Moment and TV show Halt and Catch Fire, will also appear alongside Robin Wright and Dave Bautista in the all-star Denis Villeneuve project.

Ford will reprise his part as robot hunter Rick Deckard from the 1982 original, which was based on Philip K. DICk's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and directed by Ridley Scott.

Plot details remain scarce, but reports suggest Blade Runner 2 will be set several decades after the conclusion of the original movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Blade Runner co-writer Hampton Fancher came up with the idea for the follow-up with Scott, which he developed into a script with Michael Green. Scott will serve as an executive producer on the sequel.

Principal photography is due to begin in July (16) ahead of a planned October, 2017 release.

Davis' casting news emerges a month after Gosling revealed he had started to make up details about the new movie because he doesn't want to upset studio bosses by spilling story information.

The actor was quizzed about the much-anticipated sci-fi film while recently promoting his crime comedy The Nice Guys, and instead of grumpily refusing to talk about the project, he decided instead to tell curious reporters the movie is a star-studded musical, packed with dancing girls and Broadway-style tunes.

Asked by one hack if he could share any information about his new role, Ryan quipped, "I am singing and dancing in it and you probably won't want to see me do that again!

"Most of the dance numbers are on practical locations but there's one where we had a whole freeway overpass for a day and people were dancing on cars and it was pretty amazing.

"I think I practised a month and a half just for one scene because we would only have four or five takes and we had to get it in one of them. I gave it a shot and I had a great time. I really had a special experience on that movie. I'm very excited for people to see the film."

But, in all seriousness, Gosling has been sworn to secrecy about the Blade Runner sequel.

"There's literally a sniper on that roof if I say anything about Blade Runner," he said.