While there was no new Blade Runner 2049 trailer at SDCC, director Denis Villaneuve did take the stage with screenwriters Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, and stars Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Lennie James, and of course Harrison Ford. Plus, Jared Leto appeared in hologram form, because he Method Acted so hard he is literally in the future now.
The panel gave a breakdown of the post-Blade Runner timeline, so if you want that information as you head into 2049 click through! Otherwise, beware of spoilers.
After the events of the original film (set in 2019) a new model replicant was introduced… one of whom might be Dave Bautista’s character. An incident in 2022 leads to Replicant Prohibition in 2023. In 2025, The Wallace Corporation introduces a new kind of artificial food, and then attempts to end Replicant Prohibition…which causes some problems.
The panel also hosted some footage, including a scene of Ford’s Deckard saying “I did my job, which was to leave. Sometimes, if you love someone, you have to be a stranger.”
After the footage, Villeneuve explained that he wanted to direct the sequel because he “didn’t want anyone else to fuck it up”, Ford said that the script’s central idea was what drew him back to the character of Deckard after all these years, and Ryan Gosling said it still hadn’t set in that he was in a Blade Runner sequel.
And Harrison Ford reached peak “Harrison Ford” when asked if his life goal was to reboot all of his franchises. His reply? “You bet your ass it is.”
We’ll update you with more news on Blade Runner 2049, but in the meantime, here’s Future Jared Leto:
Head over to ComingSoon.net for more news on the Blade Runner 2049 panel.