Blade Runner 2049, the highly anticipated sequel to Sir Ridley Scott’s original Blade Runner has arrived after 35 years, starring Ryan Gosling (of La La Land fame), Jared Leto (who appeared in Dallas Buyers Club), and legendary actor, Harrison Ford. Gosling portrays Officer K, a new Blade Runner for the LAPD who discovers a dark secret that could inevitably bring the end of humanity to an already dystopian Los Angeles. Officer K’s discovery leads him on a search for former Blade Runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who has been missing for three decades.
With a budget of $200 million, Blade Runner 2049 is set to be one of the most expensive R-rated independent films made in history. Working with these resources, Director Denis Villeneuve, of Sicario and Arrival, was able to parallel Scott’s inspirational sets in Blade Runner by constructing sets from the ground up, which reflect the chaotic city of Los Angeles 30 years into the future. The absence of green screen usage is now beginning to give way to more authentic sets for many film directors. Supporting actress, Ana de Armas, who portrays Joi shares, “We had no green screens; everything was real. The sets were alive… We actually had nothing to imagine. It was a gift."
One of the most lasting uncertainties left at the end of the first movie was whether Deckard was, in fact, a bio-robotic android or ‘replicant’. We have Executive Producer Scott, who has been saying yes for years, Ford says no, and Villeneuve has been silent on the matter. With the hunt for Deckard on, the first film’s thought-provoking mystery may finally be answered.
While Blade Runner is an enduring cult classic and one of the most memorable sci-fi movies in cinema history, Blade Runner 2049 leaves its fans much to look forward to. The question is: Will the sequel reveal Blade Runner’s cliffhanger conclusion about Deckard?
- Sabrina Joshi, Hollywood Correspondent