There are a lot of anticipated sequels coming out this year, but there’s one in particular that’s the subject of much fan speculation, anticipation, and yes, concern. Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to the 1982 cult classic sci-fi noir from Ridley Scott, carries with it a universe of questions: Can it capture the spirit of the original? Is it a story that needed to be told, or is it another chance for a Hollywood studio to try and cash in on name recognition? How do you stay futuristic given the fact that the original Blade Runner is set two years from now and there’s nary a flying car to be seen? Maybe a new trailer will help answer those queries (but probably not).
The trailer, as you might expect, plays coy with the plot details and focuses for the most part on the lavishly re-created world of Blade Runner, which is both new and familiar under the discerning eye of director Denis Villeneuve (The Arrival). We see lots of LAPD officer “K” played by Ryan Gosling, who discovers some dark secret that sends him in search of Rick Deckard, portrayed by the returning Harrison Ford, who knows too well the rabbit holes you fall into while chasing down Replicants. We also see hints of Dave Bautista, Ana de Armas, and Robin Wright, as well as Jared Leto‘s mysterious character Wallace, who looks to be filling the shoe’s of Roy Batty as the Replicant villain, but we don’t really know and that’s the point! Maybe you can figure it out by watching the trailer below.
Blade Runner 2049 will be in theatres everywhere on October 6.