Alternate Hollywood History: Nick Nolte, Al Pacino and Burt Freakin’ Reynolds Almost Played Deckart in Blade Runner

A Saucer Full of Cobras Bladerunner

Alternate-movie-history fanatics (and Patton Oswalt fans) know that Nick Nolte came close to getting cast as Han Solo in Star Wars; yesterday the excellent Saucerful of Cobras Tumblr reminded us that Nolte was apparently short-listed for Harrison Ford’s part in Blade Runner, too. (Along with Dustin Hoffman, Peter Falk, Al Pacino and… wait for it… BURT REYNOLDS.) Aw, hell. We’ve moved Blade Runner: The Nolte Cut to the top of our Alternate-Universe Netflix Queue– consider yourself bumped, hypothetical version of The Shining where Robin Williams plays the Nicholson part! [Saucerful of Cobras]

Filed Under: Al Pacino, Grantland Studios, Nick Nolte

Alex Pappademas is a staff writer for Grantland.