This is probably something that would have been better not known, in order to give fans a little surprise, but it's out of the bag so here it is: Edward James Olmos is in Blade Runner 2049. The actor has revealed that he's reprising his role from the 1982 original, a Blade Runner named Gaff. Here's what he said of his part in the sequel while appearing on the talk show The Trend:
"Yes, I am going to be Gaff in Blade Runner 2049...[the movie is] about someone who is going to try to find out certain things about us back then. They come to me. I'm now retired. You'll get to see. I don't want to ruin the picture for anybody, and the story. But just know that my role is like it was in the original. I only had four scenes, I think. In this I only have one. But again, it’s a poignant little piece of work."
What he describes is likely that Ryan Gosling's character is searching for Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), and he finds him with the help of Gaff. In the original, Gaff is the one who finds the retired Deckard and pulls him back to the police station for what would be the plot of the movie. So it would make sense for him to be involved in a similar set up in the sequel.
That would also mean his one scene is near the beginning and so not much of a spoiler. Still, Olmos admits on The Trend that he had to sign a non-disclosure agreement about his involvement in the sequel and seems surprised that anyone knew about it. Perhaps the issue for Fox is that fans would immediately start speculating about too much given that in the director's cut of Blade Runner, Gaff hints at something about Deckard that has spawned discussion and debate going on 25 years now.
Perhaps early on we'll get some comment on Deckard being a human after all. Or some explanation of how he could be a replicant and still around. See, this is just what had to be assumed would happen with the reveal of Gaff's return. And I'm honestly anxious about seeing just what the brief appearance entails, and I'll remain so until Blade Runner 2049 is released on October 6.