Exclusive: Blade Runner 2049 Short Film Reveals What Happened in 2036


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Collider is happy to exclusively premiere a Blade Runner 2049 prequel short film “in-world” piece that explains what happened in the world of Blade Runner between the first movie, set in 2019, and this sequel, set in 2049. The short film "Nexus: 2036" takes place in the year 2036 and revolves around Jared Leto’s character, Niander Wallace. In this short, directed by Luke Scott (Morgan), Wallace introduces a new line of “perfected” replicants called the Nexus 9, seeking to get the prohibition on replicants repealed. This no doubt has serious ramifications that will be crucial to the plot of Blade Runner 2049.

At Comic-Con this summer, Warner Bros. unveiled a teaser that offered a bullet point rundown of the events that have occurred in the Blade Runner timeline since Ridley Scott’s original movie. This “in-world” piece is one of three short films that will debut ahead of Blade Runner 2049, which will further flesh out the Blade Runner universe with even more information. In 2023, government authorities legislated an indefinite “prohibition” on replicant production, as a year prior a massive EMP detonated on the West Coast and is pinned on Replicants. So in this Wallace piece, we’ll see the beginnings of the new Replicants that are created after the prohibition is lifted.

In Blade Runner 2049, thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

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Love how nobody here has acknowledged Ned Dennehy's performance... one of the all time Irish legends.

10 months ago

God damn, Jared Leto SOLD this fucking character in this film. he is so, so good.

11 months ago

Jesus this tyrel guy played by jared is a complete psycopath!!!

11 months ago

I'm still confused... is Deckard a replicant or what???

11 months ago

Guess I'll have to wait for Blu-ray. The short that debuted from Apple is a crisp, unmarked gorgeous high quality MOV file. And then we have the complete opposite with Collider, a short that's crushed to death by YouTube compression, with Collider's logo plastered on it, not just in the black space but on top of the image no less, which completely distracts from enjoying this short at all. It doesn't make me say, "Yay, Collider exclusive!" It makes me say, "Boo, Collider's no good!" They should have just released them all on Apple!

11 months ago

Meh. Clichéd, stilted, dull.

11 months ago

I hope this isn't a preview of the cinematography that'll be in 2049, because even film school amateurs know not to make 9/10 frames a close-up face shot.

11 months ago

jared leto is a terrific actor ,they wasted him in suicid squad

11 months ago

JARED HAS RIDDICK EYES!!!

11 months ago

Ugh! This is awful! That weird cadence and odd phony accent. Leto can be good, but not here. Not paying for this in the theater. AWFUL! Maybe I loved the original director's cut too much. But this sucks!!!!! Full disclosure, I thought Leto's joker was annoying. He was about as menacing as Zoolander!

1 year ago

Really wish Jared Leto wasn't in this movie.

1 year ago

Jared Leto's character looks like a caroonish villain from some videogame.

1 year ago

okay this is pretty bad but denis villenueve did not direct it and so it doesn't count

1 year ago

Q.E.D. Jared Leto not an actor. Sad casting.

1 year ago

Not only athletes should think about this:
https://youtu.be/CIaWo-BlBjs?t=12s

1 year ago

3 shorts stories ? where is 2 other?

1 year ago

thx very much !

1 year ago

I hope in the movie they justify how can he be blind in a world where humans/eyes are created genetically.

1 year ago

Wait....how does this fill in the 30 year gap? I missed something. Great short though.

1 year ago

And riddled with cliché; of course we get the Asian guy, the dreadlock dude, the old lady sipping strong drink, the usual mismatch of racial types when mainstream idiots try to depict a future dystopian society - and of course the settings depict derelict concrete walls that do not match with the 19th century ceiling. It's the ill-fated attempt to recreate the unique atmosphere of the original, by throwing in a bookcase, a strangely retro recording device and some monitors, a watch on chain, a large chandelier and the suggestion of neon adverts in the background briefly seen, as well as a faint rumble of thunder in the soundtrack. But apart from the dialogue - made especially literary to hide that it has nothing to say, this is a travesty of the original film and the original Blade Runner universe.

1 year ago

And this is supposed to be good? A psychopath tyrant demonstrating his supremacy over a disposable minion to make his point? Not that we haven't seen that before. And as to cinematography - too clean, too little smoke or grease or misty atmosphere - this is a Blade Runner installment Coca Cola Zero version - a light version toned down, created to fork in the bucks because the cult classic somehow has grown over the years into the mainstream psyche.

1 year ago

where is rachel?

1 year ago

Benedict Wong!

1 year ago

So are there loads of 30 Seconds to Mars fangurls in these comments or what? Leto here is so affected and mediocre, yet people are acting like he's fucking Daniel Day Lewis or some shit.

1 year ago

It would be spot on if only the director used more static shots and didn't have the camera constantly moving.

1 year ago

Total lack of atmosphere, standard "clean" future. Not Blade Runner.

1 year ago

he sounds a bit like 'The Brain' from PINKY AND THE BRAIN.

1 year ago

A lot of expository dialogue. It feels more like JL's audition tape. He's effectively creepy. Okay. I'll still watch the movie when it comes out.

1 year ago

Holy fuck that was really good, now I'm hyped for the movie!

1 year ago

Your movie looks good.

1 year ago

I commented on impulse to correct something I said before. Since I have not seen the original I was under the assumption that Rose was doing her 80's nelstalgia thing during her music video. I was impressed with this and of course now I'm more excited to excell.

1 year ago

Featuring the hugely talented ANIA MARSON. Fantastic short. Appetite whetted.

1 year ago

0:23 "three short stories".... ok, so where's the other two?

1 year ago