Blade Runner: Black Lotus Announces Voice Cast

Fans can look forward to a first look at Comic-Con@Home 2021 on July 23, and a fall premiere.

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Adult Swim and Crunchyroll have announced the voice cast for the highly-anticipated anime series Blade Runner: Black Lotus. The show, which was first announced way back in 2018, is expected to finally premiere sometime later this year--Adult Swim will air the English language version, and Crunchyroll will stream the series in Japanese with subtitles.

A first look at the new series will debut at a Comic-Con@Home 2021 panel hosted online on Friday, July 23. (AMC recently released its Comic-Con schedule for the virtual event, whose calendar is quickly filling up with announcements like this one.) According to a release, the show's characters and corresponding English/Japanese voice cast will include:

  • Elle, a female replicant created for a secret and unknown purpose, will be played by Jessica Henwick / Arisa Shida
  • Joseph, a mysterious figure who owns a spare parts junkyard in Los Angeles, will be played by Will Yun Lee / Shinshu Fuji
  • Alani Davis, a fresh LAPD recruit, will be played by Samira Wiley / Takako Honda
  • Niander Wallace Sr, founder and CEO of the Wallace Corporation, will be played by Brian Cox / Takaya Hashi
  • Niander Wallace Jr, abrilliant scientist working for his father, will be played by Wes Bentley / Takehito Koyasu
  • Marlowe, a deadly Blade Runner, will be played by Josh Duhamel / Taiten Kusunoki
  • Josephine Grant, the wife of the police chief, will be played by Peyton List / Yoshiko Sakakibara
  • Earl Grant, Police Chief of the LAPD, will be played by Stephen Root / Hochu Otsuka
  • Doc Badger, a black market dealer, will be played by Barkhad Abdi /Takayuki Kinba
  • Senator Bannister, a politician with strong feelings on replicant production, will be played by Gregg Henry / Masane Tsukayama
  • Doctor M, a brilliant doctor and professor of medicine, will be played by Henry Czerny / Akio Nojima
  • Hooper, a journalist in the pocket of the Wallace Corporation, will be played by Jason Spisak / Kazuki Yao

Blade Runner: Black Lotus is, of course, inspired by the Blade Runner movie franchise. The show will take place in 2032--so between the original movie and the sequel Blade Runner 2049--and will, according to Variety, "include some established characters from the Blade Runner universe." The show will consist of 13 30-minute episodes directed by Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama.

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