New Blade Runner 2049 teaser released just in time for 35th anniversary


The Blade Runner 2049 video features behind the scenes interviews with cast and crew, footage from the film, and plot details if you know where to look.

This Sunday, June 25, marks the 35th anniversary of Ridley Scott’s iconic science fiction film, Blade Runner. Entertainment Weekly just released the newest teaser video for the upcoming sequel called Blade Runner 2049, and the footage looks stellar. The crew behind it couldn’t be a better fit. Roger Deakins, the director of photography, has 13 Academy Award nominations and three BAFTA wins under his belt, so we should expect a film that’s not only beautifully shot, but may even be Oscar worthy.

Ridley Scott isn’t directing the film, however. Instead, he’s acting as executive producer. This means he’s still got a hand in the final product, but most of the actual legwork is relegated to the French-Canadian director, Denis Villeneuve. He is best known to American audiences for directing the recent sci-fi film, Arrival which stars Amy Adams. As a side note, I loved that film. Then again, I’m a total nerd for language.

The new teaser, titled Blade Runner 2049: Time to Live, starts off with Ryan Gosling’s character, Officer K, exploring an abandoned casino. Frank Sinatra’s “One For My Baby (And One More For the Road)” plays via hologram as Gosling wanders through the set. As we move through the world of Blade Runner, we see the iconic mechanized Los Angeles and architecture influenced by 1980s brutalism, as well as new sets of destroyed urban areas and expansive deserts. Of course we know it’s a science fiction film, though.  There’s heavy rain in Los Angeles.

We also get to hear from the stars, including Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling on their characters and the production itself. Harrison Ford, who reprises his role as Rick Deckard, was particularly excited to still fit into his old costumes. I suppose men will be men. Jared Leto will also be in the film.  His character, named Marcus, is still shrouded in mystery. We don’t know the exact nature of his character, but with a pretty face like his my money is on Replicant.

At the very end of the teaser, Officer K looks down at his hand with a voice-over of “This is impossible,” and a look of terror and confusion.  Again, my money is on Replicant.  After all, the theory that Deckard himself was a replicant has been circulating since the 1968 novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? was first published.  Officer K also being a Replicant would follow with this theme. It might even provide some answers to our own questions about Deckard and the Replicants.

Next: Here is a first look at Blade Runner 2049 with Gosling and Ford

The film is currently in post-production and slated for release on Oct. 6, 2017.