Among the many anticipated franchises movies (sequels, reboots, semi-reboots) arriving in 2017 is Blade Runner 2049, the long-awaited followup to director Ridley Scott's classic 1980s sci-fi/Noir film starring Harrison Ford. Although Ford is appearing in the sequel - which is being directed by Denis Villeneuve of Sicario and Arrival fame - the real headliner of the new Blade Runner movie is Ryan Gosling as a new blade runner, who (for now) is known as simply "K".
The plot for Blade Runner 2049, as the title implies, picks up thirty years after the first film and follows LAPD Officer K on a journey to find Rick Deckard (Ford), after he unearths "a long buried-secret" that could throw the world - which is already is pretty bad shape - into utter chaos. The premise for the Blade Runner sequel was developed by Scott and Blade Runner screenwriter Hampton Fancher, with a script by Fancher and Michael Green (who also wrote Scott's upcoming Alien: Covenant) - again, based on ideas and characters from Philip K. Dick's novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. An official teaser trailer for the Blade Runner sequel is now online, too.
The trailer, which you can watch above, is very much a teaser trailer or "announcement trailer" that briefly re-introduces the world of Blade Runner; at the same time, offering a sneak peek at what may be the first encounter between Ford as Deckard and Gosling as K. Gosling has confirmed that Ford was not present for several months of filming on Blade Runner 2049, so it's possible that the scene between Deckard and K comes from the second half of the film (or even the third act) - as Deckard is not expected to show up much, if at all, during the movie's first half.
Blade Runner 2049, by the look of it, has provided Villeneuve with the chance to scratch that itch that is his desire to direct a film adaptation of Dune - judging by the earthy color palette of the Blade Runner sequel's gorgeous visuals in the trailer, as crafted by Villeneuve's Prisoners and Sicario director of photography (and legendary cinematographer) Roger Deakins. Elsewhere, the futuristic version of Los Angeles in Blade Runner 2049 is carrying over the same Noir-influenced tones and elements (bright neon lights, rainy streets) that Scott famously used to great effect, in his original Blade Runner movie.
Villeneuve's sequel also boasts a great supporting cast, on top of all that. Joining Gosling and Ford as members of the Blade Runner 2049 acting crew are Mackenzie Davis (The Martian), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), Robin Wright (House of Cards), Jared Leto (Suicide Squad), Ana de Armas (War Dogs), and Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips). Suffice it to say, with a talented cast and critically-acclaimed sci-fi filmmaker at the helm, the Blade Runner sequel would be one to watch out for in 2017, even if it wasn't connected to one of the most famous sci-fi films of all time.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures
- Blade Runner 2049 (2017) release date: Oct 06, 2017