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Michelle Yeoh to Star in "Blade Runner 2099" Sequel Series

Wed 08 May 2024 | 08:40 AM
Michelle Yeoh
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Oscar winner Michelle Yeoh has found her next major starring vehicle in "Blade Runner 2099", Prime Video‘s limited series following up the 2017 movie sequel "Blade Runner 2049."

Details of Yeoh’s role are under wraps, as is the show’s plot, but it marks the latest expansion of the sci-fi franchise based on Philip K. Dick’s seminal novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?", which kicked off with Ridley Scott’s classic 1982 movie, "Blade Runner". 

Production recently began overseas, following a delay of nearly a year due to the double strikes of 2023. While it originally had been set to shoot in Belfast, the show wound up relocating to Prague following the work stoppage.

In addition to serving as showrunner of the limited series, Silka Luisa is exec producing alongside Scott, Alcon Entertainment co-founders Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, Alcon’s President of Television Ben Roberts, David W. Zucker and Clayton Krueger from Scott Free Productions, Tom Spezialy, Richard Sharkey, Michael Green, Cynthia Yorkin, Frank Giustra and Isa Dick Hackett. 

Jonathan van Tulleken (Shōgun) is directing the first two episodes and also serves as EP, with Steven Johnson as co-executive producer. Film United is the production company in Prague.

Last year, Yeoh became the first Best Actress Oscar winner of Asian descent with "Everything Everywhere All at Once". 

She rose to fame in 1990s Hong Kong action films before going on to star in myriad acclaimed hits. 

In addition to A24’s "Everything Everywhere", she’s recently been seen in Netflix’s "The Brothers Sun" and "The Witcher: Blood Origins" as well as "A Haunting in Venice , and other films.

Recently, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Yeoh next will be seen in Jon M. Chu’s "Wicked". Other upcoming projects include Alex Kurtzman’s Star Trek: Section 31, which has her reprising her role of Emperor Philippa Georgiou from Star Trek: Discovery, as well as the Avatar sequels from James Cameron.