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Watch First “Blade Runner 2049” Prequel Short Film Starring Jared Leto

2036: Nexus Dawn Directed by Ridley Scott's Son, Luke Scott

Aug 31, 2017 Blade Runner 2049
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Blade Runner 2049, the much-anticipated sequel to Blade Runner, is due out October 6. It features the return of Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, a former police officer/blade runner (a hunter of rogue replicants, or androids) who may or may not be a replicant himself, along with Ryan Gosling as a new blade runner who tracks Deckard down. Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario, Arrival) directs, with original Blade Runner director Ridley Scott returning as a producer. Warner Bros. are releasing three prequel short films that bridge the gap between the original Blade Runner, which took place in 2019, and the sequel, which, as the title suggests, takes place in 2049. The first prequel, 2036: Nexus Dawn, has been released and of course takes place in 2036. It stars Jared Leto as Niander Wallace, who is also in Blade Runner 2049. Luke Scott, Ridley Scott’s son, directs. Watch it below.

The first teaser trailer for Blade Runner 2049 was released back in December, with the first full on trailer arriving in May and another trailer being shared in July. The film also stars Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista, and Edward James Olmos.

Ridley Scott’s 1982 science fiction masterpiece Blade Runner wasn’t a hit with audiences or critics upon its original release, in part because of changes forced on Scott by the studio, including a clunky voice over and a less ambiguous happy ending. But over the years the film developed a cult following that was cemented in 1992 when Blade Runner: The Director’s Cut was released to theaters and now it is regarded as a highly influential masterwork, so much so that we’re finally getting a long-in-the-works sequel. Original Blade Runner co-writer Hampton Fancher has also co-written the new film.

Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson is scoring Blade Runner 2049. Vangelis composed the beloved score for the original.

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