Minneapolis actor Barkhad Abdi will be in the 'Blade Runner' sequel


Minneapolis actor Barkhad Abdi is going to be in another film.

The Academy Award-nominated actor, who made his big-screen debut in "Captain Phillips," will be in the next "Blade Runner" film, Alcon Entertainment announced Tuesday.

Details on his role haven't been released.

The follow-up to "Blade Runner" doesn't yet have an official title and no major story details have been released yet. But Alcon says Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Rick Deckard, and the film will take place several decades after the 1980s original.

Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri and Dave Bautista are among the other cast members in the film, Alcon says.

Filming for the sequel is expected to begin next month, with Warner Bros. setting the United States release date for Oct. 6, 2017, Deadline says.

It's one of his first roles since his award-winning performance as the Somali pirate leader in "Captain Phillips." He most recently appeared in "Eye in the Sky" with Helen Mirren and Aaron Paul, IMDB says.

The actor, who was born in Somalia, does have a role in some upcoming films, including: "Where the White Man Runs Away" with Al Pacino; "Extortion" with Bethany Joy Lenz; and "The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir" with Uma Thurman, IMDB notes.

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