Blade Runner 2099 | Euphoria’s Hunter Schafer reportedly cast as the lead

Hunter Schafer, star of Blade Runner 2099. Possibly.
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Euphoria’s Hunter Schafer will reportedly join Michelle Yeoh in Prime Video’s upcoming spin-off TV series, Blade Runner 2099.

After delays and a shift in production from Belfast to Prague, the sci-fi spin off series Blade Runner 2099 is now taking shape. Production is currently underway, and it was announced in May that Michelle Yeoh had joined the cast.

A new report suggests that Prime Video’s expensive-sounding TV series has now cast its lead: Hunter Schafer, perhaps best known for her role as Jules Vaughn in the hit show, Euphoria. Her other work includes The Hunger Games: The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes, and a role in Yorgos Lanthimos’ upcoming Kinds Of Kindness.

The story comes via Hollywood insider Daniel Richtman (brought to our attention by World of Reel), who has also revealed a previously-unseen plot description. It goes like this:

In Los Angeles 2099, Cora (Schafer) lived her entire life on the run, a chameleon forced to adopt numerous identities. To secure a stable future for her brother, she assumes one final identity and is forced to partner with Olwen (Yeoh), a Blade Runner who’s confronting the end of her life. The two are pulled into a widening conspiracy that poses an existential threat to a city that’s fighting to be reborn.

In development for several years, Blade Runner 2099 had Jodie Comer attached as a star at one stage – presumably in the lead role of Cora – but she exited last May. The series has also had a change of director, with Jeremy Podeswa replaced in February by Jonathan van Tulleken, who recently enjoyed critical success with the FX adaptation of James Clavell’s Shōgun.

Writer and producer Silka Luisa, whose work includes Shining Girls and the most recent Halo TV series, is Blade Runner 2099′s showrunner.

More on Blade Runner 2099 – including a streaming date, which we don’t currently have – as we get it.

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