Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Announcement trailer for 'Blade Runner 2049' showcases the return of Rick Deckard

The possibility of a Blade Runner sequel has been swirling around for years, with Ridley Scott continually expressing interest in exploring the dystopian adventures of Rick Deckard in a follow-up film. Scott seemed to finally get the project off the ground a few years ago, but as the director moved forward on his Alien/Prometheus sequel as well (next year's Alien: Covenant), Warner Bros. has enlisted another director to bring Blade Runner back to the big screen. That director is Denis Villeneuve, the man behind Prisoners, Sicario, and this year's Arrival. Villeneuve has become one of the breakout directors of the last few years, thanks to his intelligent, engaging thrillers. He went from rising star to household name in a matter of half a decade, and next year, Villeneuve will get his first chance to prove himself on the big blockbuster stage. In addition to having a talented director at the helm, Blade Runner 2049 has an exceptional cast, led by Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, and Jared Leto. Roger Deakins is shooting the film, Johann Johannsson is doing the score, and Hampton Fancher (screenwriter of the original) is penning the script. The pieces are there, and this movie has the potential to be something incredible. Check out the announcement teaser below!

This just looks incredible on pretty much every single level. I don't even have much more to say than that. Villeneuve has not only seemingly captured the futuristic techno landscape of Scott's original film, but he has also added an impressive, visually stunning element to the iconic world. Ryan Gosling has been on a spectacular roll with The Big Short, The Nice Guys, and La La Land, and he looks like just about the perfect fit to follow in Harrison Ford's footsteps as the lead of this franchise. The only other character we see in this teaser is Deckard himself, who approaches Gosling's LAPD Officer K with a gun in the final scene. The synopsis released yesterday has generated immediate comparisons to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. This initial trailer doesn't give us much in the way of plot or character, but it does a terrific job of recreating the feeling and look of the original Blade Runner film. The rainy atmosphere, the slow pacing, the steady musical beats- everything is so spot-on. It looks like Villeneuve has knocked this out of the park, and I can't wait to see more. I'll be honest, I wasn't even expecting a trailer until well into next year, so the fact that Warner Bros. has given us this brief look is very exciting.

Certainly one of my most anticipated movies of next year, Blade Runner 2049 will hit theaters on October 6, 2017.

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