Arriving just a few weeks before 2016 drew to a close, sci-fi fans everywhere were in for a treat when the first teaser trailer for the highly-anticipated Blade Runner 2049 was released. Starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, the trailer was the perfect mix of tone and intrigue, featuring gorgeous cinematography from director of photography Roger Deakins, and ending with just a small interaction between Gosling’s LAPD Detective K and Ford’s Deckard. Following K as he endeavors to find the long-missing Deckard as well, the trailer seemed to, at the very least, tease an exciting and dark adventure between the two characters.
However, the teaser didn’t reveal much more than that either, including what exactly it is that K is trying to prevent from happening when he finds Deckard, or where it was exactly that Deckard was hiding in the first place. Though, as it turns out, a brand new report may just have the answer to that second question.
In a new report released, Birth.Movies.Death. claims to know the location of Deckard’s unusual hiding place – somewhere covered in orange dust and decay, looking like a place more fitting of Mad Max: Fury Road than anything previously seen in the dark and slick urban world of Blade Runner. In fact, according to the site, Deckard’s hiding place might not even be located in the film’s central Los Angeles, but instead, a dust-covered, futuristic version of Las Vegas. That means Deckard may have gone even farther from home than fans had thought at the end of the first film.
Now, make sure to take all of this with a grain of salt for the time being, since none of this has been confirmed officially by anyone involved in the project. But considering many might have just believed that Deckard was hiding out in a barren section of California, this adds an interesting bit of expansion into the sequel’s scope and story, and it seems entirely possible (if this turns out to be true) that Blade Runner 2049 could show fans more of the film’s futuristic, dystopian world than what they not only saw in the 1982 film, but certainly what they might have expected from the sequel as well.
Indeed, Roger Deakins’ cinematography was one of the most-talked about aspects of the trailer itself also, which isn’t necessarily surprising since basically 99% of the trailer’s runtime was dedicated to long, gorgeous shots of Gosling’s K walking carefully through the barren landscape of what could, now, be considered the film’s version of Las Vegas. If so, then it’ll be interesting to see if the film dedicates any time to explaining how the now-popular city wound up becoming buried underneath sand and dust (leaving only old buildings and forgotten statues to eventually crumble and fall down), or if it’ll simply act as a visually stunning backdrop to the eventual confrontation between K and Deckard.