Everyone is a replicant in the first Blade Runner 2049 trailer

Blade Runner is a classic sci-fi film. Released in 1982, it holds up well, delivering a punchy noir story set in a neon-soaked future. In case you haven’t seen it, it follows Rick Deckard (played by Harrison Ford) as he tracks down replicants, androids who are almost indistinguishable from humans. It also led to a great debate between Chris Kemp and I (and everybody else, including director Ridley Scott and even Ford – Ed) over whether Deckard is a replicant himself. Anyway, there’s a sequel on the way called Blade Runner 2049, starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford. Hit the jump for the latest trailer.

In case you didn’t watch it, the trailer shows off a visual style reminiscent of the first. Neon everywhere, lots of rain, sweet coats, and chunky vehicles. Ryan Gosling appears to be investigating… something or other, the trailer didn’t give away too much. It will likely end with the big twist that Gosling is a replicant of Ford’s character, Deckard.

Also, the age of Deckard seems to indicate that he is a genuine human. In Blade Runner lore, replicants only live for a few years. So unless Deckard is constantly being rebuilt as a progressively older replicant, it would seem that Chris Kemp wins this debate. For now, we’ll have to wait for the film’s 6 October launch to be sure.  The films also stars Ana De Armas, Dave Bautista, and Jared Leto, and is directed by Arrival‘s Denis Villeneuve .

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