The summer of 1982 was an amazing season for movies. On the same weekend in late June, for example, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner opened opposite John Carpenter’s The Thing. Both were overshadowed by the blockbuster success of Steven Spielberg’s E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial at the box office, but all three remain fan favorites.
Fast forward 35 years later and we’re eagerly awaiting a sequel to one of those sci-fi classics: Blade Runner 2049. One reason for our excitement is that Denis Villeneuve is directing. He broke out on the international scene with Incendies, which nabbed an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, following that up with kidnapping thriller Prisoners, intense mystery Enemy and the action-packed suspense thriller Sicario. Most recently he helmed the sci-fi movie Arrival, which showed he could deliver a drama that tackled big ideas in compelling fashion, set against memorable landscapes. He earned an Academy Award nomination for his direction.
The first teaser for Blade Runner 2049 teased the presence of Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford. It also peeked at different settings than were seen in the original movie.
Now the first trailer has been released. Does it live up to expectations? Watch it below.
The movie begins 30 years after the events in Blade Runner. Gosling stars as a Los Angeles police officer who discovers a secret that threatens to disrupt society and throw everything into chaos. He must then find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford, reprising his original role), who has been missing for three decades.
The cast includes Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista and Jared Leto. Blade Runner 2049 will open in theaters on October 6.