During Virtual Crunchyroll Expo 2021, Crunchyroll and Adult Swim revealed a new key visual and opening scene for the Blade Runner: Black Lotus animated series. The anime is scheduled to premiere later this year on Crunchyroll and in English on Adult Swim’s Toonami block.
Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama are directing the series, with Shinichirō Watanabe as creative producer, Wes Gleason as voice director, and Joseph Chou as executive producer. Alcon Entertainment and Sola Digital Arts are producing the series.
The Japanese cast includes Arisa Shida as the female replicant Elle, Shinshu Fuji as spare parts junkyard owner Joseph, Takako Honda as fresh LAPD recruit Alani Davis, Takaya Hashi as Wallace Corporation founder and CEO Niander Wallace Sr, Takehito Koyasu as Niander Wallace Jr, Taiten Kusunoki as the Blade Runner Marlowe, Yoshiko Sakakibara as Josephine Grant, Hōchū Ōtsuka as Earl Grant, Takayuki Kinba as Doc Badger, Masane Tsukayama as Senator Bannister, Akio Nojima as Doctor M, and Kazuki Yao as Hooper.
Meanwhile, the English cast features Jessica Henwick as Elle, Will Yun Lee as Joseph, Samira Wiley as Alani Davis, Brian Cox as Niander Wallace Sr, Wes Bentley as Niander Wallace Jr, Josh Duhamel as Marlowe, Peyton List as Josephine Grant, Stephen Root as Earl Grant, Barkhad Abdi as Doc Badger, Gregg Henry as Senator Bannister, Henry Czerny as Doctor M, and Jason Spisak as Hooper.
Blade Runner: Black Lotus is the latest anime to be based on Blade Runner 2049. 2017 saw the release of Blade Runner Black Out 2022, an anime short produced by Cygames Pictures and directed by Shinichirō Watanabe, which served as a prologue to the movie.
Crunchyroll describes the upcoming animated series as:
Los Angeles 2032. A young woman wakes up with no memories, and possessing deadly skills. The only clues to her mystery are a locked data device and a tattoo of a black lotus. Putting together the pieces, she must hunt down the people responsible for her brutal and bloody past to find the truth of her lost identity.
Source: Virtual Crunchyroll Expo 2021