The mutants have returned, and they’re more lively than ever before. Literally. The characters and foreign voice cast for the new animated series Blade Runner: Black Lotus have been announced by Crunchyroll and Adult Swim. That Blade Runner, yes. It will premiere later this year on Adult Swim (in English) and Crunchyroll, with 13 episodes (in Japanese).
Joseph Chou executive produces Black Lotus, which contains episodes co-directed by Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama and was originally announced in 2018. The only information available regarding the narrative was that it would take place in 2032, putting it between the Ridley Scott original film, which was released in 2019, and the Denis Villeneuve sequel, which was released in 2049. Now we know a little more—and the cast and characters are divided into two groups, as separate actors perform the parts in English and Japanese. Here’s how to do it:
Blade Runner: Black Lotus Cast
Elle, a female replicant created for a secret and unknown purpose, voiced by Jessica Henwick / Arisa Shida
Joseph, a mysterious figure who owns a spare parts junkyard in Los Angeles, voiced by Will Yun Lee / Shinshu Fuji
Alani Davis, a fresh LAPD recruit, voiced by Samira Wiley / Takako Honda
Niander Wallace Sr, founder and CEO of the Wallace Corporation, voiced by Brian Cox / Takaya Hashi
Niander Wallace Jr, brilliant scientist working for his father, voiced by Wes Bentley / Takehito Koyasu
Marlowe, a deadly Blade Runner, voiced by Josh Duhamel / Taiten Kusunoki
Josephine Grant, the wife of the police chief, voiced by Peyton List / Yoshiko Sakakibara
Earl Grant, Police Chief of the LAPD, voiced by Stephen Root / Hochu Otsuka
Doc Badger, a black market dealer, voiced by Barkhad Abdi / Takayuki Kinba
Senator Bannister, a politician with strong feelings on replicant production, voiced by Gregg Henry / Masane Tsukayama
Doctor M, a brilliant doctor and professor of medicine, voiced by Henry Czerny / Akio Nojima
Hooper, a journalist in the pocket of the Wallace Corporation, voiced by Jason Spisak / Kazuki Yao
Those Crunchyroll-provided character profiles are full of mystery. A female replicant “made for an unknown and covert purpose”? A “junkyard for repair parts”? Blade Runners, that are “deadly”? There’s so much wonderful stuff here. While we don’t yet understand how it all connects, we’ll definitely find out in the coming weeks, especially since Blade Runner: Black Lotus will have its own Comic-Con@Home panel on Friday, July 23 at 8 p.m. EST.