'Blade Runner 2049' International Trailer Shows Off a Threatening Jared Leto

Tuesday, 22 August 2017 - 8:40PM
Blade Runner
Blade Runner 2049
Tuesday, 22 August 2017 - 8:40PM
'Blade Runner 2049' International Trailer Shows Off a Threatening Jared Leto
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First off, a heads up: most of the Blade Runner 2049 trailers have done a good job of keeping the plot under wraps. This new one does not, so proceed with caution.

That said, the movie's new "International TV Spot #1" reveals a lot of new info about what's coming to the world of Blade Runner in the year 2049/this October. While it wasn't hard to guess that Jared Leto's "Niander Wallace" wasn't a nice man based on his dead-eyed monologues about replicants being slaves, the new footage basically confirms he'll be the main villain - Ryan Gosling's "I have to stop him" line being played over an ominous Leto shot was enough to do the trick, but there's plenty more.

And perhaps even more importantly, the vague, world-ending threat that's been alluded to might involve the replicant army he's apparently amassing. Check out the full TV spot below, which is long enough to count as a trailer:



We know that Wallace is a wealthy replicant manufacturer, which is shady, but it's all the other offhand comments that characters only ever say about the big bad - "He's got every gun in the city," "He's amassing an army," etc. As a wealthy replicant manufacturer, it's hard to see those comments as referring to anyone else, and the constant cuts to Leto reinforce the idea that he'll be a big and very corrupt presence. 

And if this is an army of replicants we're talking about, then that's concerning. The original Blade Runner in 1984 wasn't just a simple action movie with giant set pieces, and if 2049's storyline really is "Evil replicant manufacturer makes evil replicant army to take over the world," then that sounds like a simple action movie with giant set pieces. 

Of course, there's no way to know for sure until this fall, and assuming director Denis Villeneuve respects the source material, it's entirely possible we could still get harsh philosophical debates about humanity amid all that army fighting. The fact that Villeneuve has made philosophical sci-fi films like Arrival makes us less worried, as does the movie's minimal CGI that will prevent any cartoonish, off-the-walls action sequences.

Even if the stakes are raised, there's a lot suggesting the movie will stay grounded, which will be necessary to make 2049 the great cyberpunk sequel it has the potential to be.

Blade Runner 2049 comes out October 6, 2017.
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