When news broke last year that Blade Runner 2 was finally in the burgeoning stages of development after years of nearly-but-never-quite happening, the internet was abuzz with rumours over who would be joining Harrison Ford's detective Rick Deckard to help hunt down androids in dystopian L.A.
Ryan Gosling was the mooted frontrunner from the start and now it has finally been confirmed that The Big Short actor is to lead the film, which according to Variety: "takes place several decades after the conclusion of Scott’s iconic 1982 original," which was set in a 2019 Los Angeles.
Canadian director Denis Villeneuve - who most recently shot the atmospheric but slightly hollow cartel drama Sicario - will direct, while original director Ridley Scott is involved as an executive producer.
Production is set to begin in July of this year, so expect a release some time in 2017.
We're just praying that this blockbuster modern sequel of an 80's cult classic (remember Prometheus?) won't be lost in time, y'know, like tears in rain.