It’s been decades, but the Blade Runner franchise is coming back to life in October — and now we have a fascinating prologue to help fill in a few of the gaps. Whatever you think of his work in Suicide Squad, Jared Leto absolutely kills it here.
The short, titled 2036: Nexus Dawn, finds Leto’s character Niander Wallace debating the prohibition of Replicant technology. He also takes the time to show off his new and improved brand of Replicants. The story is set in 2036, which falls between the 2019 events of the first film and the world we’ll find in 2049 when the new film arrives. The short is directed by Luke Scott (Morgan) and focuses on the perfected “Nexus 9” line of Replicants. This debate will obviously have some major fallout when the film arrives.
The film will find a new Blade Runner, played by Ryan Gosling, tracking down Harrison Ford’s Deckard. The short is obviously a small set and doesn’t show much, but we can glean a bit of how the world of Blade Runner has changed in the decades since the first Blade Runner. The short is the first of three — here’s hoping the next one gives us a peek at this alt-reality’s modern day Atari console (oh, one can dream).
Blade Runner 2049 is directed by Denis Villeneuve, and along with Leto, stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Sylvia Hoeks, Ana de Armas, and Mackenzie Davis.
Blade Runner 2049 opens October 6.
Check out the short below and let us know what you think: