Beyond the Neon and Holograms, new Blade Runner 2049 Clip Gets Dirty

One of the four hundred and forty four reasons we’re thrilled about Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming Blade Runner 2049 has to do with the team he’s surrounded himself with. Longtime collaborator and one of the world’s best cinematographers, Roger Deakins, production designer Dennis Gassner, set decorator Alessandra Querzola and costume designer Renée April are all major reasons why the images we’ve seen thus far pop. They had no small task considering Ridley Scott’s 1982 original is iconic not only because it told a great story, but because it looked unlike any sci-fi film before it, and changed the way we thought sci-fi films should look forever after. Scott’s Los Angeles was murky, soaked in both rain and neon, and crowded with ghostly holograms that were both oppressive and effervescent. It also had that terrific Vangelis score—one of the most memorable, immediately identifable scores ever created (on the new film, Villeneuve enjoys the talents of three hugely impressive composers—Jóhann Jóhannsoon, Benjamin Wallfisch and Hans Zimmer.) Villeneuve’s team was going to have to make this sequel feel of a piece with that world, but they also had to make their own film, and from what we’ve seen thus far, they’ve done incredible work. 

This new clip showcases a new side to the Blade Runner saga, beyond the neon and holograms, as we follow Ryan Gosling’s Officer K into a vast ruin, with skies as dull and dense as baked clay and a rag-strewn, brown and gray tenement filled with what appear to be children. 

The clip is courtesy of Deadline, and is the first official clip that’s been released. As always, if you want to go into Villeneuve’s film knowing as little as possible, skip it. If you’re like us, however, you won’t be able to resist.

Blade Runner 2049 hits theaters on October 6, 2017. The film stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Jared Leto, Robin Wright, Sylvia Hoecks, Ana de Armas, Mackenzie Davis, and Dave Bautista. 

Featured image: RYAN GOSLING as K in Alcon Entertainment’s sci fi thriller “BLADE RUNNER 2049,” a Warner Bros. Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment release, domestic distribution by Warner Bros. Pictures and international distribution by Sony Pictures.


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