Watch: Final Blade Runner 2049 trailer goes all-in on the replicant question

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Oct 5, 2017

For the last 35 years, it's a question that has divided audiences, experts, and even the people who made the movie: is Rick Deckard, the robot-hunting hero of Blade Runner, actually a replicant himself?

Director Ripley Scott offered plenty of gorgeous visuals and existential questions in his original film, but it was purposely short on definitive answers. Now, three and a half decades later, the very long-awaited sequel to the movie, director Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049, is finally hitting theaters, reigniting the question of Deckard's identity. And true to the core tenets of the original, it introduces a new generation of heroes and villains with uncertain origins. (Although we know Jared Leto's Niander Wallace is responsible for many of these new replicants — not that it necessarily makes him the villain of the story.) 

This new trailer, exclusively debuting here at SYFY WIRE, uses iconic dialogue from the original to frame the action and characters — including newcomers played by Ryan Gosling, Dave Bautista, and Sylvia Hoeks — of Villeneuve's acclaimed sequel. That'll be particularly helpful for anyone who hasn't recently rewatched the original, because Blade Runner 2049 hits theaters tonight.