Blade Runner 2049 teaser trailer: 6 things we learnt

Lesson number one: buy cool coats like Ryan Gosling.

Robert Chilton December 21, 2016

It’s been 34 long years since Blade Runner hit cinemas and changed the landscape for sci-fi movie making. A new teaser trailer for the long-awaited sequel, Blade Runner 2049, sent fans into a frenzy of hyperventilated excitement this week. Here are six talking points from that trailer.

Hello Harrison
The star of the iconic original, Harrison Ford, returns in the sequel – massive sigh of relief. With a shaky hand and wearing a grey t-shirt, Ford is seen pointing a gun at Ryan Gosling inside a grand yet eerily derelict building. Ford, reprising his iconic role as Replicant hunter Rick Deckard looks tense, troubled and not at all happy to see Gosling in his hallway. “I had your job once. I was good at it,” growls Ford in a voiceover. Is Deckard now the mentor? A friend? A rival? We shall see.

Gosling’s style
Expect long brown shearling overcoats to be the key fashion piece that emerges from the new movie when it lands next summer. Ryan Gosling, playing Officer K, wears one that looks like it’s seen some action. Set against a burnt orange background of a desert, we could be watching a slow-motion menswear runway show in Milan. 

Camera maestro
Ford and Gosling are obviously the stars of the show, but spare a thought for Roger Deakins. He’s the 12-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer behind any great-looking film of the last 20 years. Let’s rattle off just a few from his CV: Skyfall, The Big Lebowski, The Shawshank Redemption, No Country For Old Men, 1984, O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Sicario. The steamy, polluted, neon-lit world of Los Angles 2049 is going to look pretty incredible through the lens of Deakins. 

Also starring
While Gosling and Ford are the only faces in the dreamlike teaser, the absence of co-stars such as Robin Wright and Jared Leto makes our anticipation greater. Are they going to play humans or Replicants? We probably won’t even know even after watching the film, such is the mystique surrounding the theme of cyborg vs human that forms the bedrock of Blade Runner folklore. Remember all those fan theories about Deckard’s true identity that emerged after the 1982 original? Get ready for more of the same.

Music man
It’s hard to think of Blade Runner without the Vangelis soundtrack creeping into your head. There’s a delicious hint of that memorable music in the teaser trailer, accompanied by Ryan Gosling striking a single key on a piano. Shivers. 

In charge
Denis Villeneuve has huge pressure on his shoulders to deliver a sequel that matches up to the original Blade Runner directed by Ridley Scott, who acts as executive producer on this new movie. Villeneuve’s acclaimed Prisoners and most recent release Arrival, however, suggest he feels comfortable in that rainy, grey, gritty world.