“Blade Runner 2099” Adds Michelle Yeoh to Cast in Leading Role

Prime Video’s Blade Runner 2099 just got a major talent upgrade.

Oscar-winner Michelle Yeoh has joined the cast in a lead role, adding a major star to one of TV’s most mysterious, exciting new projects. Yeoh joins a limited series that comes from showrunner Silka Luisa (Shining Girls) and is executive-produced by original Blade Runner director Ridley Scott. The Blade Runner 2099 team also includes director Jonathan van Tulleken (Shogun), Blade Runner 2049 screenwriter Michael Green as a non-writing executive producer, and The Leftovers and Watchmen alum Tom Spezialy, who serves as an executive producer and writer. Blade Runner 2099 is the first-ever television series adaptation of one of the most iconic sci-fi film franchises of them all.

Who precisely Yeoh will play is not yet known, as much of Blade Runner 2099 has been kept under wraps. We know it’s a direct sequel to Scott’s groundbreaking 1982 original film and Villeneuve’s beautifully executed follow-up 2049. 

Yeoh is coming off her historic Oscar win last year as the first Best Actress winner of Asian descent. She is set to reprise her Star Trek: Discovery role as Emperor Philippa Georgiou in the upcoming TV movie Star Trek: Section 31.

There’s no release date yet for the limited series.

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Featured image: Michelle Yeoh is Evelyn Wang in “Everything Everywhere All At Once.” Courtesy A24.


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