Roger Deakins isn’t a household name for most people but he’s arguably the greatest living cinematographer in the medium. Having him on board for a film is like having Tim Duncan on your basketball team; he’s not going to hog all the attention but he’ll silently put up some of the best work possible. Deakins has worked with the Coen Brothers on Fargo and No Country for Old Men in addition to fellow auteurs like Frank Darabont and Martin Scorsese while on his way to a dozen Academy Award nominations.
Now he’s re-teaming with director Denis Villeneuve for the as-yet-untitled Blade Runner sequel, due to begin filming in the summer of 2016. Deakins and Villeneuve worked together previously on 2013’s Prisoners and this year’s drug trafficking drama Sicario starring Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin, which is in competition at Cannes Film Festival.
The untitled Blade Runner sequel will see Harrison Ford returning as Rick Deckard, as well as Ryan Gosling in an unannounced role. The film was written by Hampton Fancher (who co-wrote Blade Runner) and Michael Green (Green Lantern), and will be produced by Ridley Scott, who directed the original. No word on whether or not Anthony Bourdain will be doing craft services.