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.