We all know that original Blade Runner director Ridley Scott has gotten the band back together to finally make a sequel to the 1982 classic. Now we’re starting to get a real feel for what the much-anticipated followup is going to look like.
Executive Producer Scott convinced Harrison Ford to reprise one of his signature roles, grizzled cop Rick Deckard, alongside Ryan Gosling as new replicant hunter Officer K, in a story from original co-scripter Hampton Fancher.
So far we’ve seen some promising stills and footage, but anyone can string together a few eye-popping images. Can director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) deliver an entire movie worthy of following in the footsteps of Scott’s visually stunning masterpiece? The early evidence suggests that he can! Check it:
I enjoyed seeing that, in the grand tradition of classic Ford characters — especially Rick Deckard — Gosling’s character gets the crap beaten out of him! I was less thrilled to see that Jared Leto appears to be playing a character who is either blind or has replicated eyes. After his… uh, unique performance in last year’s Suicide Squad, I’m giving Leto a lot of slack. This movie is too important for him to muck it up with more Method shenanigans.
Another real treat is hearing some of the new music from Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, which sounds like it fits perfectly with the original score by Vangelis.
Arrival was my favorite movie from 2016 (Amy Adams was robbed at the Oscars!), so I’m really rooting for Villeneuve to come through here.
Whatever else BR2049 ends up being, this movie clearly will be a thing of beauty. Hell, the first shot of this trailer perfectly mirrors the eye image that opens the 1982 flick. Cinematographer Roger Deakins should finally get his Oscar.
In case you want a reminder, here is the first trailer:
Blade Runner 2049 opens Oct. 6.