'Blade Runner 2049' Photos Show Off Some Shady New Characters

Thursday, 13 July 2017 - 9:45PM
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Blade Runner 2049
Thursday, 13 July 2017 - 9:45PM
'Blade Runner 2049' Photos Show Off Some Shady New Characters
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The only characters we know much about so far in Blade Runner 2049 are Ryan Gosling's "Officer K," and obviously Harrison Ford's Rick Deckard. Other characters like the ones played by Wonder Woman's Robin Wright or Guardians of the Galaxy's Dave Bautista are still mostly a mystery.

But some new faces show up in some new 2049 photos released by Entertainment Weekly, including Wright's character, a tough-looking man covered in tattoos, and some other characters living in the failing cyberpunk society. We say "failing" because director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario) tells EW that things are looking grim in the year 2049: "The climate has gone berserk and the ecosystem has collapsed and the ocean has risen. There are a lot of refugees trying to survive on the West Coast."



Notable about the new photos is that they're all pretty colorful - the original Blade Runner in 1982 was mostly an oppressive gray with scattered neon lights, while the 2049 trailers featured even more gray while also adding a harsh orange-tinted location. Those colors seem to be important, because Villeneuve seemed very interested in the bright yellow lights in one of these pictures, although he refused to spoil why that is:

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"The presence of the winter brings more charcoal and there's sparks of color. The yellow is something I can't talk about, but…it's a very important color.

This film had the longest and toughest casting I've ever done. Each extra had to be chosen specifically for their look-we had to get the right faces to bring the right atmosphere to the right scene. Everything - the sets, the lights, the props, the vehicles - they are all saying something about our future."
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The other photos show other colors like greens and whites, and while they're surely important to, Villeneuve clearly wants us to find out once the movie hits theaters this fall. As you can tell by the amount of details in some of these sets, there's very little CGI on display here.

2049 stayed mostly reliant on complicated sets and practical effects throughout production, to the point where Gosling commented that the yellow photo only takes up a small amount of the movie, and yet a whole set was built just for that moment. Simply because "that scene is in the movie, right?"

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Blade Runner 2049 comes out October 6, 2017.

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