Oscar winner Jared Leto buried himself in some rather intense method acting to prepare for his role as the malevolent Niander Wallace in director Denis Villeneuve's hotly anticipated sequel to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, Blade Runner: 2049 – going so far as to wear contact lenses that blinded him, through much of production.

Yet, Villeneuve revealed in a September 23 interview with Metro, that David Bowie was actually has first casting choice for the sci-fi villain (before learning of his cancer diagnosis and eventual passing): “Our first thought [for the character] had been David Bowie, who had influenced Blade Runner in many ways... When we learned the sad news, we looked around for someone like that.”

Niander Wallace's character is that of a “manipulative replicant manufacturer”, who uncovers something pivotal to humanity's destruction. This narrative arc puts him on a crash course with Ryan Gosling's Officer K. (a role written specifically for the actor, according to Villeneuve).

Blade Runner: 2049 opens everywhere October 6 and co-stars Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, and David Bautista.