The long-brewing, peculiar prospect of a Denis Villeneuve-directed, Roger Deakins-shot, Ryan Gosling-led Blade Runner sequel won’t come to fruition for almost another year, which hasn’t at all prevented Warner Bros. from making a big fuss over it right this moment. We’re sort of off on a bad foot, given that the title, Blade Runner 2049, sounds like a PC game released in the late ’90s — and, oy, that logo doesn’t make much of a difference — but let’s allow this first teaser to do a little more talking.
I can’t give much of an impression, but only because it’s a 90-seconds-or-so-long bit of marketing that mostly consists of Ryan Gosling slowly walking through a monocolor environment. (It looks pretty enough, I guess, but what of how the images are used? Good luck figuring that out.) Anyway, next year will be a long barrage of build-up to whatever in the hell has Harrison Ford, scribe Hampton Fancher, and executive producer Ridley Scott back in the dark, desolate tomorrow. Consider yours truly a curious party.
Watch the preview below along with a new synopsis for the film also starring Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Sylvia Hoeks, Ana de Armas, Carla Juri, David Dastmalchian, Barkhad Abdi, Lennie James, and Jared Leto.
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling) 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 find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.
Blade Runner 2049 will open on October 6, 2017.