Everything you need to know about Blade Runner 2049

Hugh Armitage, Rosie Fletcher

From Digital Spy

Whether you like it or not, Blade Runner 2 is happening.

And it also has an official title: Blade Runner 2049. Other than indicating it is set 30 years after the original, we have no idea what the significance might be.

Yes, Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi classic getting a follow-up, and with some excellent names already signed up, there are plenty of reasons to be cheerful.

Here are just a few of said reasons, gathered together in our ever-growing collection of everything you need to know about the controversial science fiction sequel.

Blade Runner 2049 trailer: "I had your job once. I was good at it"

The very first piece of footage has landed from Blade Runner 2049 and it gives us our first glimpses of Harrison Ford's Rick Deckard interacting with Ryan Gosling's newcomer LAPD Agent K. We see K wandering into an abandoned building to find himself starring down the barrel of Deckard's gun.

"I had your job once. I was good at it," says Deckard. "Things were simpler then." K replies ominous. I

Photo credit: Warner Bros.

Blade Runner 2049 release date: it's coming sooner than you think.

The release date was previously listed as January 12, 2018, but was shifted forward to October 6, 2017, slightly reducing the endless wait between the original and follow-up.

Blade Runner 2049 director: a sophisticated sci-fi safe pair of hands.

With the director of the original film, Ridley Scott, making way for fresh talent to take the Blade Runner reins, Denis Villeneuve has stepped into the breach.

Veteran of such critically-acclaimed dramas as Prisoners, and Sicario, the French-Canadian director is currently on a hot streak, with this year's Arrival poised to do well during next year's awards season. Bodes well that he's a proven hand at sophisticated sci-fi too.

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If you were worried he's not a die-hard fan of Blade Runner, don't be: he's just as anxious that he gets this one right as you are, saying:

"I'm among the hardcore fans of Blade Runner. Blade Runner is one of my favorite movies of all time. It's a movie that is linked with my love and passion for cinema.

"I'm totally aware of the huge challenge. It's a risk. I know that every single fan who walks into the theatre will walk in with a baseball bat.

"Art is risk, and I have to take risks. It's gonna be the biggest risk of my life, but I'm okay with that. For me it's very exciting; it's just so inspiring, I'm so inspired.

"I've been dreaming to do sci-fi since I was 10 years old, and I said 'No' to a lot of sequels. I couldn't say 'No' to Blade Runner. I love it too much, so I said, 'Alright f**k it, I will do it and give everything I have to make it great.'"

His Arrival star Jeremy Renner is certainly very confident that Villeneuve will be a safe pair of hands.

"He's not going to throw a giant crazy thing in your face to distract you from a lack of story or this or that," he told Digital Spy.

"He's going to be very patient.There's a beautiful Hitchcock tension that goes through all his films."

Blade Runner 2049 writer: great Scott!

There is a script, and it's meant to be a good one - which you might expect with the project under construction for close to a decade now.

The writers behind the script are Hampton Fancher (who wrote the original film with David Webb Peoples) and Michael Green (who wrote, um, The Green Lantern).

The script has been supervised by Ridley Scott himself, who will return to produce the sci-fi sequel alongside rights-owners Alcon Entertainment's Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.

Blade Runner 2049 plot: it's dark and dusty.

There's not much out there plot-wise, but ol' blabbermouth Scott has spoken about what will be in the very first scene, so if you're not afraid of some very minor spoilers, read on:

"We decided to start the film off with the original starting block of the original film. We always loved the idea of a dystopian universe, and we start off at what I describe as a 'factory farm' - what would be a flat land with farming.

"Wyoming. Flat, not rolling - you can see for 20 miles. No fences, just ploughed, dry dirt. Turn around and you see a massive tree, just dead, but the tree is being supported and kept alive by wires that are holding the tree up. It's a bit like Grapes of Wrath, there's dust, and the tree is still standing. By that tree is a traditional, Grapes of Wrath-type white cottage with a porch.

"Behind it at a distance of two miles, in the twilight, is this massive combine harvester that's fertilising this ground. You've got 16 Klieg lights on the front, and this combine is four times the size of this cottage. And now a spinner [a flying car] comes flying in, creating dust.

"Of course, traditionally chased by a dog that barks, the doors open, a guy gets out and there you've got Rick Deckard. He walks in the cottage, opens the door, sits down, smells stew, sits down and waits for the guy to pull up to the house to arrive.

"The guy's seen him, so the guy pulls the combine behind the cottage and it towers three stories above it, and the man climbs down from a ladder - a big man. He steps onto the balcony and he goes to Harrison's side. The cottage actually [creaks]; this guy's got to be 350 pounds. I'm not going to say anything else - you'll have to go see the movie."

Blade Runner 2049 cast: the stars are coming out.

Harrison Ford is Rick Deckard, and according to current reports, he will be returning as the famed android retirement specialist. In 2012, Scott said Ford's role will be small, but there's been no mention of that since.

No matter how big the part ends up being, however, Ford loves the script he's read, saying: "the best thing [I've] ever read."

Sean Young's Rachel won't be returning, however, with the actress saying earlier this year: "I saw Ridley a month ago, and not a peep was uttered from his mouth about it, and so I left it alone."

At one point, she said that if she weren't to come back, fans should boycott the sequel. We're pretty sure she was joking.

Also in the joking-or-not-joking department, Katy Perry has also thrown her whipped cream-firing hat into the ring, suggesting she should play Rachael in the sequel: "I would really love to play Rachael in Blade Runner 2, if Ridley would just call!"

But back in 1982, Harrison Ford was 40-years-old, and today he's 73. Adding some youth into the mix is Ryan Gosling – a sprightly 35-year-old – who recently confirmed his involvement in the film.

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There's not much news on exactly who (or what) Gosling's LAPD Agent K is, exactly, and don't expect Baby Goose to spill any further beans any time soon: "There's a chip in me and if I say anything more I'll explode."

The cast is shaping up nicely, with some other big names including Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri, Mackenzie Davis, Barkhad Abdi (who said recently his character would be playing a scientist who is "totally deformed"), David Dastmalchian, Hiam Abbass and Lennie James.

And if that wasn't enough, Suicide Squad's Joker himself Jared Leto has joined the movie, so expect him to be going method as an emotionless replicant any day now.

Is Deckard a replicant? Course he is.

"Of course he's a bloody Replicant," Scott declared in September 2015, adding: "He's going to have to admit it!"

So that answers that, then.

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