Jun. 29, 2016 12:18PM EST
The Somali-American actor, who first appeared in ‘Captain Phillips’ has scored his third feature film.
Remember Somali-American actor Barkhad Abdi from Captain Phillips, which scored him an Oscars nomination for Best Supporting Actor in 2013?
<p><a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/blade-runner-sequel-adds-barkhad-906990" target="_blank"><em>The Hollywood Reporter</em></a> reports Abdi is the latest actor to sign onto Alcon Entertainment’s <em><strong>Blade Runner</strong></em> sequel, also starring <em>Nice Guys</em> <strong>Ryan Gosling</strong>, <em>Star Wars </em><strong>Harrison Ford</strong>, <em>House of Cards</em> <strong>Robin Wright</strong> and WWE champ <strong>Dave Bautista</strong>.</p><p>Abdi will begin filming the Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures production, which is currently unnamed, in July.</p><p>The <strong>Denis Villeneuve</strong>-directed sequel, based on the novel <strong><em>Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep</em></strong> by <strong>Phillip K. Dick</strong>, takes place several decades after the 1982 Ridley Scott sci-fi noir classic.</p><p><div class="preroll-video"></div><ora-player></ora-player></p><p>This is Abdi’s third feature film, he also appeared in <em><strong>Eye In the Sky.</strong></em> He’s come a long way since his humble beginnings in Mogadishu and Minnesota, where he made a living as a limousine chauffeur, a DJ and sold mobile phones (gotta have your side hustle).</p><p>It’s clear the words Abdi said to <strong>Tom Hanks</strong> while portraying a Somali pirate ringleader, “I’m the captain now,” are ringing true.</p>
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