At long last, we have our first look at Warner Bros’ long awaited ‘Blade Runner 2049’! The project, which has been discussed since at least the late 90s, finally entered production under director Denis Villeneuve and executive producer Ridley Scott. Despite this lengthy history, details about the film have been fairly sparse until recently, as even the film’s title was not publicly announced until October, and even now we have only the barest hints of what form the film’s plot might take.
Taking the form of an “announcement”, the video, despite its length (nearly two minutes) is definitely more of a teaser than a trailer. The teaser introduces us to Officer K, a blade runner for the LAPD and the sequel’s lead character (played by Ryan Gosling), and offers several tantalizing glimpses of the film’s environments. This includes both sets channeling the original’s grimy, neon cyberpunk aesthetic along with bleaker, more desolate settings that no doubt connects to Villeneuve’s allusions to a variety of environmental catastrophes that have taken place since the original ‘Blade Runner’. All of this comes before finally, in a moment that recalls the initial trailers for ‘The Force Awakens’, the teaser re-introduces the viewer to Deckard, played once again by Harrison Ford.
The teaser is available here:
Along with the teaser itself, Warner has also released the following synopsis of the film:
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard, a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years,
Directed by Denis Villeneuve, ‘Blade Runner 2049’ is currently scheduled for release on October 6, 2017. The film’s cast includes Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Jared Leto, Ana de Armas, and Sylvia Hoeks.