With Jared Leto’s digitally-enhanced voice we have the tone-setter. Leto begins to no one in particular, “Every civilization was built off the back of a disposable workforce. But I can only make so many.” Leto continues to his new creation, “Shhhh. Happy Birthday.”

This is quite an introduction to the new trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s new film, Blade Runner 2049. It is as interesting as it is creepy.

Jared Leto

From here, now that the world has been introduced, we are taken through the far reaches of the dark streets of a futuristic metropolis…

Silhouette on Street

…to the desert outskirts…

Desert Metropolis


The trailer doesn’t reveal too many details to the story of this film, but we can make a few inferences from the information provided. First, Officer K (Ryan Gosling) is a “Blade Runner” and tracks down Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) in an abandoned building of sorts outside the city. With Officer K tracking down Deckard, I can only assume that he needs the old Blade Runner’s help with the case he is currently involved in, which I assume has to deal with Leto’s character’s ambition for civilization-building by creating replicants. We will see if there are more trailers released in the coming months with more information about the story. But, to be completely honest, trailers nowadays reveal way too much information as it is, leaving little to the imagination of the audience. Even if there are more trailers released in preparation for October 6th, I will refrain myself (as much as anticipation allows) from watching them.

The excitement for this follow-up to the science fiction classic, Blade Runner, is sky-high. It’s been 18 years since the development of a sequel had begun, 17 years after the original film was released. To say that there has been a enormous amount of anticipation in the build up for this one would be an understatement.

The original was directed by Ridley Scott, who is tagged as an Executive Producer on this one, while the sequel is directed by quite possibly the most intriguing name in film and science fiction at the moment, Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Enemy, Sicario, Arrival). Villeneuve has also been brought on the direct the remake of another science fiction classic, Dune.

The cast is stellar as well with Ryan Gosling (Officer K), Harrison Ford (Rick Deckard), Jared Leto, Mackenzie Davis, and Robin Wright. I can only assume that with these names attached anticipation will only continue to grow, and the core fans of the original film will keep the skeptical eyes toward staying true to the world Ridley Scott created back in the ’80’s. Below are some screenshots from the trailer to give you a feel of what the world will be come October.

All images courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures