Official Press Notes
Three decades after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K, 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, a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.
The film stars Oscar nominees Ryan Gosling (“La La Land”) as K, and Harrison Ford (the “Star Wars” films, “Witness”), reprising the role of Rick Deckard. The main international cast also includes Ana de Armas (“War Dogs”), Sylvia Hoeks (“Renegades”), Robin Wright (“Wonder Woman”), Mackenzie Davis (“The Martian”), Carla Juri (“Brimstone”), and Lennie James (“The Walking Dead”), with Dave Bautista (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films) and Oscar winner Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”).
In “Blade Runner 2049,” K is sent on an assignment that, for very different reasons, could have more far-reaching consequences—calling into doubt the divide between people and replicants, between humanity and technology, which could lead to anarchy or even war. But “Blade Runner” did more than blur the lines between humans and technology. It also broached a range of societal concerns that have grown ever-more prevalent. And with our planet now on the cusp of when that film was set, it seems more revelatory, and more relevant, than ever—foreshadowing issues of urban decay, climate change, genetic engineering, overpopulation, the divides of social and economic strata and more.
2018 – After a bloody mutiny by a Nexus 6 combat team in an Off-world colony, replicants are declared illegal on Earth—under penalty of death.
2019 – A prototype replicant, Rachael, and Officer Rick Deckard, a Blade Runner, escape Los Angeles together.
2020 – After the death of founder Eldon Tyrell, the Tyrell Corporation rushes a new line of Nexus 8 replicants onto market for use Off-world. Unlike previous Nexus models, built with four-year lifespans, the Nexus 8s have open-ended lifespans, as well as ocular implants for easy identification.
2022 – An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) of unknown origin detonates somewhere in the West Coast. Cities shut down for weeks. Electronic data is corrupted or destroyed over most of the United States. Finance and trade markets crash worldwide. Food supplies become dire. Theories spread as to the cause of the Blackout; none are proven. The most popular ones blame replicants.
2023 – The governing authorities legislate an indefinite “prohibition” on replicant production. Nexus 6 models are now all decommissioned due to their programmed 4-year lifespans. Surviving Nexus 8 models are to be retired. Those that can, go into hiding.
2025 – Idealistic scientist Niander Wallace pioneers advancements in genetically modified food and shares his patents for free, marking an end to a global crisis. His company, Wallace Corporation, E&C, expands across the globe—and into the Off-world colonies.
2028 – Wallace acquires the remains of the bankrupt Tyrell Corporation.
2030 – Wallace upgrades genetic engineering to produce a new model of replicants, biorobotic beings that are more compliant and obedient than their predecessors.
2036 – Prohibition is repealed. Wallace reintroduces a new line of “perfected” replicants: The Nexus 9.
2040 – The LAPD commits resources to re-establish its Blade Runner unit, tasked with locating illegal replicants…and retiring them.
2049 – We return to Los Angeles, 30 years after the original film.