Warner Bros. has today summoned two tantalizing TV spots for Blade Runner 2049 that bring answers and a whole lotta’ questions.
Whisking viewers off to far-future Los Angeles, each promo serves up a haunting peek at Denis Villeneuve’s long-in-development sequel. It’s the follow-up to Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi classic of ’84, so it’ll be interesting to see how 2049 fares in two months’ time. Will it be good enough to honor the Blade Runner name? Or, in the worst case scenario, will Villeneuve’s stunningly beautiful effort be written off as yet another unnecessary sequel? Time will tell.
If nothing else, Blade Runner 2049 is shaping up to be a feast for the eyes. From the skyscraping advertisements for Atari – yes, in the warped future of 2049, business is booming for the dormant video game giant – to the purple glow illuminating the face of Ryan Gosling’s K, Villeneuve and frequent collaborator Roger Deakins (Sicario, Prisoners) have pulled out all the stops to craft a sequel that excels in the visual department. And that’s a feat you’ll be able to see on display below.
Meanwhile, the film’s casting docket also includes Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Infinity War actor Dave Bautista, Edward James Olmos and Jared Leto (Suicide Squad 2, Gotham City Sirens) as Neander Wallace. Perched at the tip-top of the Tyrell Corporation, Wallace is the city’s leading Replicant creator, and deems those cutting-edge synthetics to be the future of the human race. Cue the existential crisis.
Blade Runner 2049 makes a beeline for theaters on October 6th, which is a release date it currently shares with Lionsgate’s My Little Pony: The Movie and The Mountain Between Us, Hany Abu-Assad’s icy survival drama starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet. There’s something for everyone, then, but we imagine Villenuenve’s long-anticipated sequel will reign supreme at the box office thanks to its big-name stars and beautiful visuals.