It’s a good guess that The Black Widow probably wouldn’t have been featured in The Avengers this summer if it wasn’t for a little movie called Alien back in 1979. Sigourney Weaver and Ridley Scott redefined the concept of an action hero and paved the way for a ton of female protagonists in genres previously thought to be a boys club. In an interview with The Daily Beast (via The Playlist), Scott spoke a bit about his upcoming new entry into the Blade Runner universe and offered some definitive words about the gender of the new film’s lead character.
When the project was first announced, there was a rumor that Harrison Ford would be returning to star in whatever this project ends up being (sequel, prequel, set in the same universe, whatever). Those rumors were almost immediately quashed by the producers, and we haven’t heard much about the movie ever since. Scott gave a quick update:
Funny enough, I started my first meetings on the ‘Blade Runner’ sequel last week. We have a very good take on it. And we’ll definitely be featuring a female protagonist.
Now let’s see how quickly fanboys take to the message boards and try to start petitions to get Sigourney Weaver reunited with her Alien director for this movie. In all seriousness, though, I’m glad Scott is thinking outside the box a bit and continuing to blaze a trail that should have been fully blazed long ago. I look forward to seeing Noomi Rapace and Charlize Theron stack up against Michael Fassbender and Idris Elba in Prometheus, but we’ve got a long way to go before we see this Blade Runner thing, because Scott has The Counselor set to go as his next movie.