Earlier today, the teaser trailer for the long-awaited Blade Runner sequel released online. Only hours after Trailer Track tweeted the movie’s official synopsis, the teaser hit the internet and offered a look at the Blade Runner world decades later after the first film.
— TrailerTrack (@trailertrack) December 19, 2016
Blade Runner 2049 will star Ryan Gosling as his character K has replaced Harrison Ford’s character Rick Deckard as the city’s blade runner. The teaser trailer shows K walking through the city and then the ruins of the Tyrell Corporation in search of Deckard, who has possibly been in hiding since the end of the last movie. Gosling presses down on a piano key, and as the sound eerily reverberates through the room, Deckard appears behind K, pointing a gun and telling him “I had your job once; I was good at it,” to which K replied “things were simpler then.”
Although the original Blade Runner storyline was loosely based on the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, with this movie’s events taking place so many years later, the screenplay writers were able to have more creative flexibility this time around. Despite there being several novels continuing the story after the release of the movie, it appears that Blade Runner 2049 will be ignoring them, instead relying on a completely original plot.
Considering the first Blade Runner‘s ending and Ridley Scott having confirmed in his Director’s Cut that Decker is indeed a replicant, it will be interested to see how 2049 might address that. Despite the movie’s label as a sci-fi film, there was little to no use of CGI as we know it today in it, instead using practical effects such as traditional models and matte paintings for Blade Runner‘s cityscapes. It will be interesting to seein a CGI-filled industry whether or not the sequel will stick to tradition.
Fans of the original film should be pleased with this teaser trailer, as it shows much of the same imagery and music that made Blade Runner a cult classic. As the events of the two films take place so far apart from each other, Blade Runner 2049 can be a movie that will be attractive to even those unfamiliar with or critical toward the first film.
Denis Villeneuve is directing the movie, and considering the fact that he has recently directed critically acclaimed movies Siccario and Arrival, there is plenty of optimism for Blade Runner 2049. Although he told Deadline that this movie might have been “the biggest artistic challenge” he’s had in his life, he feels his recent experience has prepared him well for it.
Though if there is one thing that might disappoint fans, it could potentially be Ford’s screen time. As elaborated upon in a previous Inquisitr article, Gosling admitted that they had already shot much of the movie prior to Ford even joining them. Scott had also confirmed that was the plan all along couple years back.
“Harrison is very much a part of this one, but it’s really about finding him; he comes in in the third act,” Ridley told Variety. Based on this, the synopsis and at the part of the teaser where Ford and Gosling’s characters meet for the first time, it is likely that the plot leading up to the film’s climax will centre around K on the search for Deckard to seek his help in dealing with an imminent threat.
The Blade Runner 2049 will also star Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista and Jared Leto. Blader Runner 2049 is scheduled to come out in theaters on October 6, 2017, in North America.
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