Since the original Blade Runner film was released in 1982, fans have had many questions about the Ridley Scott cult classic film. Now it looks like they may finally get some answers with this year’s sequel directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario and Prisoners), Blade Runner 2049.
While many fans have wanted this sequel for the past 35 years, some fans believe that the first film was a one off classic and should not be touched. Sony Pictures appears very confident in this franchise having brought on a highly successful and Oscar nominated director and cinematographer Roger Deakins (Arrival) along with original writer Hampton Fancher and leading actor Harrison Ford (Star Wars Episode IV-VII, Indiana Jones) to reprise his role of Deckard for the project. Will it live up to the original? Fans will have to wait and see when Blade Runner 2049 hits cinemas early October.
You can watch the trailer here:
Just like the original film, this trailer shows the neo-noir genre perfectly. The gritty feel is enhanced by Deakin’s cinematography to create beautiful shot after shot. The trailer doesn’t give a lot away in terms of its plot points, however, we do get to our first look at Jared Leto‘s character Wallace who is a replicant manufacturer. It appears to be that the sequel will again focus heavily on the eye motif, emphasising that the eyes are the window to the soul.
The trailer also gives us our first look of Deckard (Harrison Ford) and Officer K (Ryan Gosling of La La Land, The Nice Guys, The Notebook) together. Their chemistry seems to mirror that of the original film with Deckard and Rachael which is a testament to Villeneuve’s understanding of his characters’ and actors’ strength. That said, with Villeneuve attached to this project expect some big twists to happen, it is his signature mark on all of his films – and indeed iconic of the original.
Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a new blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. His discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who’s been missing for 30 years.
Blade Runner 2049 is directed by Dennis Villeneuve, produced by Ridley Scott and written by Hampton Fancher and stars Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Hiam Abass, Barkhad Abdi, Ana De Armas, Lennie James and Edward James Olmos.
Blade Runner 2049 lands in Australian cinemas on 5th October 2017