Blade Runner 2049 stars Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, and Jared Leto hit CinemaCon in Las Vegas this week, where they were clearly instructed not to utter a peep about the long-awaited sequel to the 1982 sci-fi classic. Gosling (who we know plays the hero, Officer K) and Cuban newcomer de Armas (who we know plays a woman — or replicant — named Joi) told Yahoo Movies they couldn’t say a word about their characters.
Footage that screened Monday night indicated that Leto will be playing a villain scientist type who created replicants, and the actor gave his best attempt to give us … something. “He’s complicated, that’s for sure,” Leto said. “Complex, conflicted. But a brilliant person. And it was really fascinating to step into [his shoes]. But I loved the character. I hope there’s a future for…”
The Oscar-winning actor turned to his publicist: “Can I even say the character’s name?” Negative.
So we tossed one out: Phil. “He’s named Phil, yeah,” Leto joked. “He’s the guy named Phil, who’s the most powerful person in the future, responsible for all sorts of extraordinary acts.”
Editor’s note: The awesomeness of “Phil” notwithstanding, in additional Blade Runner 2049 footage from Wednesday night, an interview with Leto identified his character as “Wallace.”
Blade Runner 2049 opens Oct. 6.
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