Sneak Peek Behind ‘Blade Runner 2049’: Is Deckard Human Or Replicant?

2017 is almost upon us, and October 6, 2017, will see the new release of Blade Runner 2049. What can we expect from this long-anticipated film, and will we finally get to see whether Deckard is human or replicant?

If you think back to the original Blade Runner, you might remember that the film begins with a screen entitled “Los Angeles, November, 2019.” In Blade Runner 2049, we will be seeing what transpires 30 years later as this newest installment of the story will see Harrison Ford returning as the replicant hunter Rick Deckard, with Ryan Gosling starring as LAPD Officer K.

Blade Runner 2049 is directed by Denis Villeneuve, who is known for films like Maelstrom, Incendies, and Sicario. When Villeneuve was at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 for the premiere of Sicario, he was approached by Crave Online and asked to reveal whether Deckard is, in fact, replicant or human. Denis was suitably ambiguous and didn’t give anything away.

“Now that I am on the other side of the fence I cannot answer. The thing I must say is that I love mystery. I love shadows. I love doubts. I would just want to say to the fans that we will take care of that mystery. I will take care of it.”

Denis Villeneuve in Santa Monica, California on December 11, 2016.
Denis Villeneuve at The 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on December 11, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. [Image by Christopher Polk/Getty Images]

Many may wonder how Villeneuve feels about the original Ridley Scott Blade Runner film. Denis assures us that he too is also a great fan.

“It is by far one of my favorite movies of all time. As a huge ‘Blade Runner’ fan I realized that the new movie makes sense.”

To look ahead to possible future plot lines for the upcoming Blade Runner 2049, it is important to know whether Harrison Ford considers his Deckard character to be human or replicant. There are some who feel that as he will be returning in Blade Runner 2049, he must surely be human. While replicants can be created to look like they are any age, they are not able to age as humans do. So if Ford is returning as an older version of Deckard, this must mean that his character is surely human, right?

Harrison Ford was never able to get a straight answer about his character from Ridley Scott, as Digital Spy confirms.

“I was moved to ask Ridley whether or not he thought that the character I was playing was a replicant. Well, I never got a straight answer. Which is okay, I guess. But I thought it was important that the audience be able to have a human representative on screen, somebody that they could have an emotional understanding of. Ridley didn’t think that was all that important.”

However, Ridley Scott appears to believe that Deckard is a replicant. This is largely believed to be why Scott added the unicorn scene to the director’s cut version of Blade Runner. Ridley has also stated his feelings about this, according to Comic Book, although even an interview in 2002 in which he firmly states that Decker is a replicant isn’t enough to stop debate. Nor is a 2007 interview with the New York Times where he once again describes Decker as a replicant, according to Cinema Blend.

“Yes, he’s a replicant. He was always a replicant.”

In Blade Runner 2049, we will see LAPD Officer K, played by Ryan Gosling, try to find Deckard who has gone missing for the past 30 years. LAist reveals that Alcon Entertainment has given fans a little bit of extra information about what will transpire with Deckard and Officer K with their short synopsis.

“K unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos.”

Harrison Ford in London on January 11, 2011.
Harrison Ford returns as Rick Deckard in ‘Blade Runner 2049.’ Here is seen at the ‘Morning Glory’ U.K. premiere at the Empire Leicester Square on January 11, 2011 in London, England. [Image by Ian Gavan/Getty Images]

What might the world look like in this new film? Denis Villeneuve told Entertainment Weekly that the climate is now absolutely insane.

“The climate has gone berserk. The ocean, the rain, the snow is all toxic.”

So while Villeneuve is remaining quiet on the subject and keeping the mystery, fans now know the feelings of Harrison Ford and Ridley Scott on whether Deckard is human or replicant. In October of 2017, moviegoers will finally discover the truth for ourselves when Blade Runner 2049 is released.

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