A six -minute short film (featured below) has been released to help bridge the thirty-year gap that takes place between the original Blade Runner and its long-anticipated sequel, Blade Runner 2049. The six-minute film directed by Luke Scott, son of Ridley Scott, is the first of the three short films that will no doubt generate buzz about the sequels upcoming release.
Blade Runner 2049 director, Denis Villeneuve, revealed that the short films, “dramatize some key events that occurred after 2019 when the first Blade Runner takes place, but before 2049 when my new Blade Runner story begins”.
Set thirteen years before Blade Runner 2049, the short film provides audiences with their first real look at Jared Leto’s villainous character, Niander Wallace. Rebelling against the replicant ban that took place in 2023, Wallace introduces the council to a new replicant of his own. What follows is a suspenseful and disturbing few minutes that will no doubt excite pre-existing fans and lead new ones to the series.
With the other two short films yet to be released, online discussion boards are already littered with potential theories on how Villeneuve will continue the narrative. If this first entry is anything to go by, Blade Runner 2049 is set to be one thrilling ride.
Blade Runner 2049 stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Jared Leto, Ana de Armas, and Dave Bautista. It hits theaters on October 5, 2017.
Source: Rolling Stone – “See Jared Leto in Tense ‘Blade Runner’ Short Film, ‘Nexus: 2036′”