Crunchyroll and Adult Swim revealed the characters and their cast for the upcoming animated series Blade Runner: Black Lotus.
Back in July 2020, in a video posted to the official Crunchyroll YouTube page, Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama introduce themselves as the co-directors.
They discussed why they chose to animate the series using CG.
Aramaki explained, “Director Watanabe’s ‘Black Out’ was hand-drawn animation. Well, it did have some CG in parts, although it was mainly hand-drawn. But ‘Black Out’ was short – only about 20 minutes.”
“To make this series, we thought about how the key to Blade Runner is its world concept. That mood it has, we felt that expressing that mood was really crucial,” he continued.
Aramaki added, “We wanted to maintain continuity, you could say, in how the Blade Runner world looks and feels.”
The director then concluded, “In terms of portraying the city, too, 3DCG was the way to do that… And we thought it might be entertaining to see animated characters against that backdrop. So, we chose to do it in CG.”
Now, Crunchyroll and Adult Swim have released the character and cast list including both English and Japanese voice actors for the series in a press release.
First up is Elle. She is described as a “female replicant created for a secret and unknown purpose.” She will be voiced by Jessica Henwick and Arisa Shida.
Next is Joseph a “mysterious figure who owns a spare parts junkyard in Los Angeles.” He is voiced by Will Yun Lee and Shinshu Fuji.
Alani Davis is a “fresh LAPD recruit.” She is voiced by Samira Wiley and Takako Honda.
Niander Wallace Sr. is the “founder and CEO of the Wallace Corporation.” He is played by Brian Cox and Takaya Hashi.
Niander Wallace Jr. is a “brilliant scientist working for his father.” He’s voiced by Wes Bentley and Takehito Koyasu.
Marlow is a “deadly Blade Runner.” He is voiced by Josh Duhamel and Taiten Kusunoki.
Josephine Grant is “the wife of the police chief.” She’s voiced by Peyton List and Yoshiko Sakakibara.
Earl Grant is the “Police Chief of the LAPD.” He’s played by Stephen Root and Hochu Otsuka.
Doc Badger is a “black market dealer.” He’s voiced by Barkhad Abdi and Takayuki Kinba.
Senator Bannister is “a politician with strong feelings on replicant production.” He’s played by Gregg Henry and Masane Tsukayama.
Docor M is a “brilliant doctor and professor of medicine.” He’s played by Henry Czerny and Akio Nojima.
Finally, Hooper is a “journalist in the pocket of the Wallace Corporation. He’s played by Jason Spisak and Kazuki Yao.
The series will be thirteen episodes long and is expected to be out sometime later this year. The series is produced by Alcon Entertainment and animation studio Sola Digital Arts.
A first look at the series will take place during San Diego Comic-Con’s [email protected] 2021 during a panel on Friday, July 23rd. The panel will begin at 8 PM ET. It will feature both directors Aramaki and Kamiyama, the series’ executive producer Joseph Chou, voice director Wes Gleason, voice actress Jessica Henwick, and co-creator of Toonami and senior vice president Jason DeMarco.
Do you plan on checking out the San Diego Comic-Con panel? What do you make of this character and cast list?