Every film sequel arrives to a mixture of excitement and trepidation. On the one hand, you want to see what happens next in the movie universe the original created; but on the other, you’re worried that part two could kind of suck. For Blade Runner 2049, the stakes are definitely raised. Ridley Scott‘s Blade Runner wasn’t a big hit when it opened in 1982, but it’s now acknowledged as one of the all-time great sci-fi flicks, especially the 1992 “Director’s Cut.” It’s also widely admired for creating an immersive world that few movies since have managed to match.
So it’s a huge relief to report that the just-released trailer for Blade Runner 2049, this year’s somewhat belated sequel, actually looks pretty promising. Director Denis Villeneuve seems to have captured the moody beauty of Scott’s ’80s classic, and we’re given tantalizing glimpses of new characters played by Jared Leto, House of Cards‘ Robin Wright, and Black Mirror‘s Mackenzie Davis. But wisely, the clip offers no real plot spoilers: we see Ryan Gosling‘s character Officer K tracking down Harrison Ford‘s iconic Rick Deckard, but we still don’t really know why.
Check out the trailer for yourself below.
Though he’s not in the director’s chair, Ridley Scott is contributing to Blade Runner 2049 as an executive producer. Another key member of the original creative team, screenwriter Hampton Fancher, has also co-written the sequel’s script, so it’s safe to presume Blade Runner 2049 won’t feature any major continuity clunkers. Rumors are swirling that Rutger Hauer, whose character Roy Batty delivered the original’s famous “tears in the rain” monologue, could feature in the sequel too, though this has yet to be confirmed. Some kind of return for Daryl Hannah‘s character Pris Stratton isn’t beyond the realms of possibility, either.
Blade Runner 2049 hits theaters on October 6.
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