Young ideas: Sean back in ‘Blade’ flick

New York Daily News - - CONFIDENTIAL -

IT’S BEEN A closely guarded se­cret un­til now: Sean Young will be repris­ing her role in the up­com­ing “Blade Run­ner” se­quel — even though she has pub­licly de­nied be­ing on board.

A well-placed source tells us pro­ducer Ri­d­ley Scott had Young (photo) se­cretly film some scenes for the new movie “Blade Run­ner 2049,” which has Har­ri­son Ford back as the an­droid-hunt­ing po­lice op­er­a­tive Deckard.

Fans will re­mem­ber that Deckard and Young’s char­ac­ter Rachael, a repli­cant femme fa­tal whom Deckard is ini­tially sent to kill, end up to­gether in the finale of the orig­i­nal 1982 film, a sci-fi cult clas­sic set in a fu­tur­is­tic, dystopian Los An­ge­les.

The se­quel is cen­tered around Deckard team­ing up with a new Blade Run­ner, Of­fi­cer K, played by Ryan Gosling, who dis­cov­ers a dark se­cret that could bring an end to hu­man­ity. In the trailer there is no men­tion of Rachael or sug­ges­tion that she sur­vived.

“Sean Young will fea­ture in the new film,” says our source. “She filmed the scenes in se­cret with min­i­mal crew know­ing about it, and even the ed­i­tors have been on lock­down about her ap­pear­ance.”

The source added: “Her ap­pear­ance is be­ing used to aid in­ter­est in the movie closer to the time of re­lease. What peo­ple for­get is that while ‘Blade Run­ner’ is seen as an iconic sci-fi clas­sic, in 1982 it flopped at the box of­fice. This time they want it to be an im­me­di­ate suc­cess.”

In 2013 Sean, now 57, made head­lines when she said that she met pro­duc­ers but would not be in­volved. Later she told fans to boy­cott the se­quel if she wasn’t in it.

“I saw Ri­d­ley a month ago and not a peep was ut­tered from his mouth about it and so I left it alone,” she told The Guardian in 2015.

Young was lauded for her per­for­mance in the orig­i­nal movie, but in sub­se­quent years she earned a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing dif­fi­cult and er­ratic, and her ca­reer took a dive. In 2013 she ap­peared on “Celebrity Re­hab With Dr. Drew,” mark­ing the se­cond time she’s pub­licly gone in to re­hab; other re­cent TV ap­pear­ances in­clude a David

Let­ter­man in­ter­view in 2013 where she pleaded for act­ing work.

Young’s rep de­clined to com­ment.

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