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Blade Runner 2099: Everything we know about sci-fi sequel series

Get ready for another replicant ruckus

Ridley Scott returns to executive produce Blade Runner 2099. (Getty Images/Warner Bros)
Ridley Scott returns to executive produce Blade Runner 2099. (Getty Images/Warner Bros)

Blade Runner director Ridley Scott is taking audiences back to the future with another entry to his classic sci-fi series – this time on the small screen.

The last we saw of the distant future was in Blade Runner 2049, the long-awaited 2017 follow-up to Scott’s troubled 1982 original, helmed by Dune director Denis Villeneuve.

With Scott on producing duty, Villeneuve invited Ryan Gosling in on the action as a replicant hunter who gets embroiled in a case with the potential to forever change the relationship between humans and their artificially created counterparts.

Read more: Everything we know about Dune: Part Two

Reconnecting with Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard along the way, the movie was a visual feast for the eyes and a solid sci-fi movie to boot yet much like Scott’s original, it failed to produce bumper box office returns.

Now, Scott is heading off world once more for a new limited series. Here’s what we know about Blade Runner 2099 so far, including its release date, plot, cast and more.

Blade Runner 2099 release date

Ryan Gosling starred in 2017's Blade Runner 2049. (Sony Pictures)
Ryan Gosling starred in 2017's Blade Runner 2049. (Sony Pictures)

Blade Runner 2099 will debut on Amazon Prime Video, with rumours hinting at a 10-episode arc.

At the time of writing, no official release date has been revealed, and the show’s production has been delayed by the ongoing WGA/SAG AFTRA strike. The BBC reported in May 2023 that filming was unlikely to resume before spring 2024.

If Prime Video’s previous release formats are anything to go by, we might expect Blade Runner 2099 to debut weekly following its initial launch.

Blade Runner 2099 plot

Ridley Scott directed the original Blade Runner in 1982. (Alamy)
Ridley Scott directed the original Blade Runner in 1982. (Alamy)

When it comes to Blade Runner 2099’s plot, Ridley Scott is keeping his cards close to his chest.

We do know that the show is set 50 years after Villeneuve’s sequel, which means the chances of it featuring appearances from Ford or Gosling are low unless flashbacks are involved.

Speaking to Esquire (via Variety), Scott compared the series’ tone to the classic science fiction novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley which envisions a world where the population is genetically engineered and ordered by intelligence.

The Alien director also admitted that he regretting not returning for Blade Runner 2049 and directing 2017’s Alien: Covenant instead.

Harrison Ford appeared in 2017's Blade Runner 2049. (Invision/AP)
Harrison Ford appeared in 2017's Blade Runner 2049. (Invision/AP)

Blade Runner 2099 was first teased back in late 2021, with Scott revealing that the pilot episode of the show had been written alongside a more comprehensive ‘bible’ outline for the series’ full arc. The show got the official go-ahead a few months later in February 2022 alongside its official title.

Scott confirmed that he was producing the series, with Jeremy Podeswa helming its pilot before shifting onto producing duties for the remainder of the show. Podeswa has a solid back catalogue of small-screen entertainment under his belt, having previously directed episodes of Game of Thrones, The Tudors and Station Eleven.

Blade Runner 2099 cast

With the show still in its early days, we don’t know who might be lined up to star in Blade Runner 2099 just yet. Due to its even-deeper-into-the-future premise, it’s unlikely we’ll see any faces familiar from previous Blade Runner movies pop up, unless they’re in flashback form.

Blade Runner 2099 trailer

There’s currently no trailer for Blade Runner 2099 - but if you’re eager to return to this rain-soaked, neon-tinged future, check back soon. As soon as footage becomes available you’ll find it here.

Blade Runner 2099 is coming soon to Prime Video.