Things are looking both bleak and hopeful in two new Blade Runner 2049 posters, teasing the return to Ridley Scott’s dystopian future. Like many artists do as they grow older, Ridley Scott is plumbing his creative past for future projects. A few years ago, he returned to the world he created with Alien and brought audiences Prometheus, a loose prequel to the universe. Later this year, Alien: Covenant will bridge the gap between the two worlds and likely jumpstart a fresh franchise. Even more surprising than Scott’s return to the Alien series, however, is the upcoming sequel to Blade Runner.
Based on the Philip K. Dick story Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Scott’s original film has become a cult classic and a defining moment in the cyberpunk genre of the ’80s and early-90s. Since then, multiple cuts of the film have been released, with fans arguing over which one is the best. Still, the idea that Scott would ever return to the world for anything approaching a sequel always seemed like a pipe dream. But the dream quietly morphed into a reality, with last year bringing our first tease of the new film. Now, with its debut later this year, promotion is finally beginning in earnest.
The Twitter account for the upcoming Blade Runner 2049 has shared two new posters, teasing the stars of the film and the different worlds they’ll inhabit. Check them out below:
The first poster came with the caption “You know his past. Discover his future.” In it, we’re teased with a return to the dystopian world of the first film and given a reintroduction to Rick Decker as played by Harrison Ford. The image is fittingly grim, showing signs of both decay and isolation, and one of the biggest appeals of the new film is re-exploring the world from the first movie and seeing what Deckard has been up to all thus time.
The second poster teases that “A new civilization begins now” and shows a somewhat brighter future. It focuses on Ryan Gosling’s new protagonist and gives us a glimpse of a sleeker and cleaner future. Gosling will help serve as an introduction to this new time period, both for the audiences and likely for Deckard. And while Gosling’s character K will be a new blade runner and part of a new status quo, there will be plenty of nods to the orignal film.
Edward James Olmos will be reprising his role, and it’s been hinted that a replicant from the first film may be back. And while Scott has passed directing duties over to Denise Villeneuve, he helped shape the story and script and will be producing as well. And with the movie’s release date fast approaching, these new posters are only the beginning. A new trailer is said to be attached to Alien: Covenant, connecting Scott’s updated properties and giving us a better look at the new world and the plot of Blade Runner 2049.