Introduced by Blade Runner 2049 director, Denis Villeneuve, who informs us that this is the first of “3 short stories that dramatise some key events that occurred after 2019, when the first Blade Runner takes place, but before 2049, when my new Blade Runner story begins.”, and directed by Luke Scott, who made the majority of the Alien: Covenant prequel shorts, Nexus 2036 focuses on Jared Leto’s character of Niander Wallace.
The short quickly establishes Niander as a character who plays by his own set of rules, turning up late to his testimony, and then beginning to pontificate to Benedict Wong’s interrogator by stating “I have wrung more life from our Earth than ever before”. Wallace being the creator of what he calls his “angels”, assuring the intimidated panel that “My replicants will live as long, or as short as a customer will pay. My replicants will never rebel. They will never run. They will simply obey.” Who is he trying to kid?
Blade Runner 2049 stars Ryan Gosling as LAPD Officer K, who uncovers a secret which could throw what’s left of an increasingly decrepit dystopia into further decline. It’s a mystery that leads him to seek out the help of the original’s protagonist, Deckard (Harrison Ford), who has been missing for 30 years having fallen in love and absconded with Sean Young’s replicant, Rachael.
The film is Directed by Denis Villeneuve, the man responsible for Sicario and Arrival, and also stars Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), Robin Wright (House of Cards), Ana De Armas (War Dogs), Edward James Olmos (the original Blade Runner), Lennie James (The Walking Dead) and MacKenzie Davis (The Martian).
Blade Runner 2049 will be released by Warner Bros on October 6th 2017.
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