October 6th fast approaches, but director Denis Villeneuve is fit to keep us busy with a series of three shorts that take place in the world of Blade Runner 2049.
The first is dubbed 2036: Nexus Dawn and introduces us to Jared Leto’s character Niander Wallace in the midst of a business transaction. Keeping in step with the website’s timeline motif, it looks like we’re going to see some fleshing out of the 30 years between the original (and it’s actual release date, interestingly) and 2049. The first short also happens to be done by Luke Scott, the son of director Ridley who helmed his first feature last year.
It’s a one-room story, so there’s not a terrible amount that can be said about it, though it does introduce a few interesting notes. It seems to imply that the replicant prohibition ends as a result of this conversation, a little field-experiment theater to prove that this new wave of models are bereft of self-survival. 2036: Nexus Dawn also allows us to see Leto’s performance full-on, which we can come to our own conclusions on; his metered stammer reminds me a little bit of Kiefer Sutherland’s character in Dark City, a kind of damaged cadence that speaks to some non-specific illness or damage. One thing’s for sure: this isn’t the damn Joker, THANK F**K.
Take a look at the new short below:
Production Details below:
In 3D and 2D in select theaters and IMAX on October 6th
(Warner Bros/ Alcon Entertainment)
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Writer: Screenplay by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, Story by Hampton Fancher,
based on characters from the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick,
Producers: Andrew A. Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Bud Yorkin, Cynthia Yorkin
Executive Producers: Ridley Scott, Tim Gamble, Frank Giustra, Yale Badick, Val Hill, Bill Carraro
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, with Dave Bautista and Jared Leto
Sci Fi Thriller: Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.
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Leonardo Faierman is the senior film editor at Black Girl Nerds. Born in Buenos Aires, raised in Queens, Bar Mitzvah'd at Young Israel, buried under student loans. He writes video game, music, film, and movie reviews, as well as poetry, comic books, bad dreams and good copy. He's 1/5th of the comics podcast #BlackComicsChat and 1/2 of horror film podcast The Scream Squad.