New 'Blade Runner 2049' Footage Revisits the First Film's Gritty, Futuristic Setting

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 - 8:33PM
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Blade Runner 2049
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 - 8:33PM
New 'Blade Runner 2049' Footage Revisits the First Film's Gritty, Futuristic Setting
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There's no way to tell how good Blade Runner 2049 will be until it comes out this October, but there's one thing that's immediately clear: like its predecessor, this movie has style, and that style looks really cool. 

A new featurette from EW gives us another look at the movie's unique atmosphere, combining some new footage that adds onto the bits and pieces we've seen in trailers, while also including interviews with Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, original Blade Runner director Ridley Scott, and 2049 director Denis Villeneuve (who recently directed Arrival). Check it out below:



Some of that new footage expands on a trailer scene showing new blade runner Officer K (Ryan Gosling) tracking down Rick Deckard (an older Harrison Ford) in an abandoned, orange-tinted location. Considering Villeneuve has said he's kept CGI to a minimum, these make for some impressive looking set pieces. The more we see of this new location, the more it seems like ruins of some present-day or future society, so there could be larger conflicts at play this time than simply tracking replicants.

Other notable things that pop out in the new footage: Deckard looks like he's dragged into some new investigation by force after his encounter with Officer K, and a replicant growing inside a tube looks suspiciously like Dave Bautista (Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy), who does have an undisclosed role in this movie.

While Scott is no longer directing the sequel to his old film, he's still providing input to up-and-coming director Villeneuve - frankly, that's what he should have done with Alien: Covenant, so it's optimistic to see Scott deferring judgment to an Oscar-nominated new face. And both seem happy with the final product here, as do Ford and Gosling. While none of them would say otherwise in a video promoting the movie, of course, their excitement does seem genuine.

Blade Runner 2049 comes out October 6, 2017.

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