Jared Leto has scored his next high profile acting gig.
Fresh off his performance as Joker in “Suicide Squad,” Leto joined the cast of “Blade Runner” sequel, TheWrap reported.
Details about the role of the 44-year-old actor— who rounded out the cast of the still-untitled follow-up to the 1982 film — are being kept under wraps, as has been the case with most casting announcements for the big screen project.
The Oscar-winning thespian joins previously announced cast members, including Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Slyvia Hoeks, Carla Juri, Mackenzie Davis, Dave Bautista, Barkhad Abdi, David Dastmalchian and Hiam Abbass.
Ford will reprise his role as Rick Deckard in the sequel, which is set several decades after the events in the original film.
Denis Villeneuve will direct the script by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, after the initial story by Fancher and David Peoples based on Philip K. Dick's novella. Cinematographer Roger Deakins will reunite with Villeneuve on the project.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly last July, Villeneuve revealed that the sequel — just like the original movie directed by Ridley Scott — will take place in Los Angeles, but this time, the Earth's atmosphere will be different. “The climate has gone berserk — the ocean, the rain, the snow is all toxic,” he teased.
In the same interview, Villeneuve revealed that Scott serves as executive producer on the project. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEOs of Thunderbird Films, also exec produce along with Bill Carraro.
According to Variety, Alcon Entertainment acquired the film, television and ancillary franchise rights to "Blade Runner" back in 2011 from the late producer Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic sci-fi thriller. Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will produce along with Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove. Bud Yorkin, meanwhile, will receive a producer credit.
Warner Bros. is handling domestic distribution of the sequel, while Sony is taking on international distribution.
Principal photography began on July 6, and the film is slated for an Oct. 6, 2017 release.
Besides the “Blade Runner” sequel, Leto is also set to star in the upcoming action crime drama film “The Outsider,” which is also set to be released next year.