What We Know About ‘Blade Runner 2049’

blade-runner-2049-trailer1After hearing virtually nothing about Blade Runner 2049 after the casting of Ryan Gosling was announced and Harrison Ford‘s participation confirmed, Warner Bros has suddenly dropped a bunch of teaser material about the sequel to director Ridley Scott‘s 1982 classic, Blade Runner.

First of all, we have several photographs courtesy of Entertainment Weekly depicting the principle characters, including Gosling as Officer K, Ford as Deckard and Ana de Armas as a mystery character. Scott is also seen conferring with Ford.

And now let’s watch the first trailer:

And, finally, Here is the official synopsis:

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.

Doesn’t this sound a little bit too close to the plot of Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens? As in, sounding exactly the same: A young newcomer searching for a revered figure missing for exactly 30 years? Is it possible this synopsis is a decoy meant to throw fans off the scent?

Director Denis Villeneuve (ArrivalSicario) has said all the right things about the burden of carrying on the legendary property, including the fact that no sequel could ever live up to original, let alone top it.

“First of all, it’s not possible to live up to the original. It’s Ridley Scott. It’s a masterpiece. It’s one of the best sci-fi films, one of the best films in the past 50 years,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “For me, what terrorizes me right now is what I’m doing is taking Blade Runner and making it my own, and that is horrific.”

Of course, on the downside, is Villeneuve trying to tell us not to expect anything as powerful as Roy Batty’s “tears in the rain” monologue?

Co-produced by Scott, the film co-stars Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri, David Dastmalchian, Barkhad Abdi, Lennie James and Jared Leto.

Blade Runner 2049 opens in theaters on Oct. 6, 2017.

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