The promotional campaign for Blade Runner 2049 is now almost famously secretive. Co-stars Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling are making the press rounds, but they're giving away almost nothing. There's a reason for that. This is a big film full of big secrets.
Thankfully, in just a few hours fans will finally get to see the sequel to the 1982 sci-fi classic, but if you can't wait that long, there's something else to tide you over: You can now stream the soundtrack.
Director Denis Villeneuve initially intended to work again with longtime composer Johan Johansson for this film, but ultimately switched to Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch for the score. The final product is a blend of modern sounds and vintage synthesizers, paying tribute to Vangelis' original (brilliant) compositions while also breaking new ground. The ultimate result is a sound that really calls to mind the old Blade Runner while also making it very clear that decades have passed.
“We all know what ‘Blade Runner‘ feels like and what that experience is to watch this incredible masterpiece,” Wallfisch said (via The Playlist). “The first question we asked ourselves was, ‘How can we reinvent and make it fresh and new, but still be in that world?’ The mission from the beginning was this idea of finding the heart of the film — what is its soul? When you discover the simplest possible theme, it sums up humanity almost. I feel like that’s what we were all striving for towards the beginning of the process.”
The ultimate soundtrack, which you can now stream via Spotify, is a mix of original compositions and source music, including tracks by Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. There are some very, very minor spoilers in the track listing, but you can peruse the offerings HERE.
Blade Runner 2049 is in theaters Friday.