The first full trailer for the Blade Runner sequel has landed and its pretty exciting. We get to see Jared Leto’s so far un-named Tyrell-like character “birthing” one of his creations, Robin Wright as a person presumably in some position of power, a tiny glimpse of Dave Bautista’s character wearing tiny glasses, a mysterious, partially obscured number which could be referring to the film’s release date and the day when Roy Batty and his gang hijacked that space shuttle in the original, and some other nods to the 1982 classic, like brief appearances by a female character whose hair style and clothing are very much like Rachel’s. Again we have a neon-soaked neo-noir landscape with dancing holograms and rain, but also some oppurtunities elsewhere for Roger Deakins to showcase his distinctive cinematography skills.
Bautista told AFP:
“I think it’s going to be – and this is hard to say because I know I’m going to get some grief for this – I think it’s going to be better than the first film. And I’m saying that because I think the script is better, it’s deeper. I think it’s a better story, I think it’s told in a better way, and I think it just answers a lot of questions. It’s going to be great.”
Brave words indeed, but, despite the classic status of the original, I’ve had a good feeling about this film for some time.
Denis Villeneuve directs from a script by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana De Armas, MacKenzie Davis, Sylvia Hoeks, Lennie James, Carla Juri, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista and Jared Leto star.
Blade Runner 2049 will be in cinemas on 6 October 2017.