In what will likely be looked at as the first step in the gradual demystification of the Blade Runner sequel, we finally have an official title for the film you will all be theorising and fretting about in the build-up to it getting released next year: say hello to Blade Runner 2049.
Having put our best detective monocles on, we’re going to hazard a guess and presume that this is the year in which it will be taking place. This makes it 30 yeas after the 2019-set original, and judging by the concept art that has been released so far, the future will be just as dark yet neon-hued as it was in the slightly-less-distant future.
In the meantime, we also have a nice behind-the-scenes shot of some of the main figures involved with Blade Runner 2049: director Denis Villeneuve; producer (and director of the original) Ridley Scott; Harrison Ford (returning to play – presumably – Rick Deckard), and new star Ryan Gosling. Although it doesn’t tell us much apart from the fact that Ford can rock a yellow t-shirt, it’s nice to get a glimpse behind the scenes of what has been up until now one of the more mysterious upcoming releases to date. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long before getting a sneak footage preview, otherwise there’ll be tears in the rain. Sorry.
Joining Ford and Gosling on the cast are Robin Wright, Lennie James, Dave Bautista, Jared Leto, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri, Mackenzie Davis, Barkhad Abdi, David Dastmalchian and Hiam Abbass. Denis Villeneuve is directing from a script penned by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, with Ridley Scott producing alongside Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove, Cynthia Sikes and Bud Yorkin.
Blade Runner 2049 will be released in cinemas on 6 October 2017. For all the latest movie news, pick up the new issue of SciFiNow.