That said, a recent off the cuff comment made by Ridley has left me rather surprised. Speaking to the Independent newspaper, he hinted that Harrison Ford could be returning to the franchise, albeit in a small role. “I don't think it'll be Harry [starring]. But I've got to have him in it somewhere. That'd be amusing," he said.
While his portrayal of the character Deckard is widely regarded as one of his best performances, it has become common knowledge that he did not particularly enjoy making the film and the ambiguity around his character’s (Deckard) humanity was the source of massive consternation between him and his director. SPOILER ALERT: With the “Final Cut” Scott has made it clear that Deckard is indeed a replicant, which he says was always the intention. On the other hand, Ford insists he always played the character as a human.
With this background it would be interesting to see whether Ford would want to appear in any sequel or, as it’s being touted, “expansion of the Blade Runner universe.” If he did sign on (let’s face it, he hasn’t really done a decent film of late and could put aside his differences for some new credibility) how would he appear? Would it be as a human of his current age, who his replicant was based on (similar to the appearance of Lance Henriksen at the end of Alien 3), or as Deckard with the Jeff Bridges treatment a la Tron: Legacy? Watch this space.