Blade Runner 2049, the long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, is now just over a month away. Although Scott isn’t returning to the chair, Sicario and Arrival director Denis Villeneuve is behind this film with a cast that not only brings back Harrison Ford, but includes Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Robin Wright, Ana De Armas and more. How is that not exciting?
Now one of the bigger questions thus far has been how the film would fill in the big gaping 30 year hole that sits between films. Luckily for us, the studio is already helping us with that. In one of the smartest promos leading into a film, a new short for 2049 has been released, which hints at and answers a question or two we’ve had, especially when it comes to Jared Leto’s character.
For me, there’s very few movies for the rest of the year I’m looking forward to over this one. Now I’ll get it out of the way now, but I have yet to fully understand the undying love for the original film. Actually, I take that back. I understand the undying love, I just don’t understand the movie. I’ve watched it multiple times to try and figure it out, unfortunately I’ve yet to come across that answer. But does that mean I can’t be excited for the sequel? Hell no. Especially when it’s a film directed by arguably my favorite working director today, features a cast that’s led my one of my (current) favorite working names (Gosling), and is a genre that’s my complete and total jam. Yeah, I’ve been signed up from the beginning.
As for the following, I hope it has as much impact on you as it did me. While directed by another name, it’s still under the guidance of Villeneuve and I’m absolutely loving the tone I’m feeling. Tense, thrilling, and very intriguing. Leaving wanting this film even faster. Blade Runner 2049 will be released on October 6th.