When you get to my age one tends to get less and less excited about forthcoming movies and hype becomes just a nuisance, but I really am having trouble waiting for Blade Runner 2049 and am 99% convinced that it will be a film that will be the equal – or close to it – of Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic. Today we can bring you two pieces of news about the film, courtesy of Slash Film, though they haven’t been officially confirmed, and don’t read on if you don’t want to know too much!
First The Terminator Fans claim that “a source close to the production” has told them that a Replicant [man-made android built to serve humans] character from the original film will return, and through “the power of CGI”, and will feature in “at least ten shots”. Blade Runner fans are already debating who this will be. I’m personally guessing it’ll be Rachel, because as far as I can remember she was the only Replicant [unless you belong to the school of thought that she wasn’t one in the first place] to still be alive at the end of the first film, but we shall see. I’m personally hoping that the CGI mentioned will be a case of de-aging someone rather than having a character will totally digital. The latter didn’t work for me in Rogue One, being very jarring whenever the person was onscreen.
Secondly, Birth Movies apparently has the information that at the start of the film Harrison Ford’s character Rick Deckard is hiding out “in what remains of Las Vegas”, which may explain the bit in the first trailer of Deckard being discovered in a room in the middle of a desert, even though we’ve been told that the setting is again Los Angeles.
The film also stars Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Jared Leto, Mackenzie Davis, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista and Sylvia Hoeks, is written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, is directed by Denis Villinenueve, and will be in cinemas on Oct. 6.