Over the past few years, director Denis Villeneuve has been catapulting up the Hollywood ranks due to a string of impressive films. Prisoners, Sicario, and last year’s Arrival, have proven that he is not a run-of-the-mill talent and his resume can now speak for itself. Next up, Villeneuve is tackling his most ambitious project to date, as he looks to make a sequel to the science fiction classic, Blade Runner.
The upcoming sequel is being produced by the original’s director Ridley Scott (Alien: Covenant) and features an impressive cast led by Ryan Gosling (La La Land), Jared Leto (Suicide Squad), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), and Harrison Ford (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) returning in his iconic role of Rick Deckard in Blade Runner 2049. The movie picks 30 years after the original with a new Blade Runner looking to pick up where Deckard left off.
Regardless of the eventual quality of the movie, it’s clear that Villeneuve has captured the tone and look of the original Blade Runner and it seems that all the pieces are in place to truly revitalize the franchise. It’s unclear if modern audiences will be receptive to the high-brow approach to sci-fi that the franchise is known for. However, with the recent success of films like The Martian and Arrival, it seems that audiences are looking for brainy sci-fi. In fact, the original wasn’t received well when it was initially released and built up its following over the years. There is surely much more to come on this movie. Enjoy the trailer.
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 opens on October 6th, 2017.