After a long wait, the first trailer for Blade Runner 2049 has finally been released and it offered a look at new characters as well as the return of Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard. Harrison Ford recently spoke about the return of the replicant hunter on the big screen and why he decided to board the new movie.
Continuation Of Deckard’s Story
Blade Runner was not that big of a success when it was released in 1982, but throughout the years it gained a cult following that resulted to a sequel 35 years later. The upcoming movie from director Denis Villeneuve revisits the world created by Sir Ridley Scott based on the novel Do Android Dream of Electric Sheep written Philip K. Dick.
The next chapter follows the new hero LAPD Officer K played by Ryan Gosling. But Ford will also return and will play an important role as Rick Deckard.
Just like Han Solo, Ford does not want the character to show up for no reasons at all. At the IMAX Headquarters in California on Monday (via Nerdist), the actor explained that the only way that his character Deckard can be successfully reintroduced is to make sure that he plays a major part of the current narrative. The actor stated that telling the continuation of the life of Deckard should be “woven into the story and given emotional context,” something that Villeneuve was able to accomplish. “It’s interesting to develop a character after a [long] period of time,” he added.
Ford Comments on Co-Star Gosling
Were there any issues with his replacement? While their first meeting between Deckard and Officer K in the movie seems very tense (as seen in the trailer), Ford’s first day working with Gosling was a little more pleasant. The 74-year-old has nothing but praises for Gosling who, he said, brings “a real, original emotional intelligence” to the set. “I never knew what I was going to get [in a scene with Ryan], which is a good thing,” he recounted.
Ford did not join the cast and crew until a few months after production has started. Gosling recalled that before Ford’s first-day filming, Villeneuve told him to imagine Harrison in the corner for every scene. When he finally arrived on set, Gosling recalled that the legendary actor “rolled up his sleeves and got right to work.”
“He was such a wonderful partner, and so gracious, that it really felt like the movie finally began,” Gosling stated.
Better Than The Original
There are such high hopes for Blade Runner 2049. Hollywood has been obsessed with remaking popular movie titles and, often, they do not live up to the original.
But Villenueve, who previously worked on Arrival and will next helm the Dune remake, seems to know what he is doing. According to Dave Bautista (via ABS-CBN), the sequel to the 1982 sci-fi classic not only lives up to the original, but will be better than the movie directed by Scott.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 star explained that Blade Runner 2049 has a better story and script that tackles deeper issues. He also promised the movie will answer a lot of questions about the world imagined by Scott.
The long-awaited and long-overdue sequel follows LAPD Officer K, a new blade runner who unearths a secret that has a potential to plunge the society into chaos. This leads him to pursue Rick Deckard, a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for over 30 years.
The movie also stars Jared Leto, McKenzie Davis, Edward James Olmos and Robin Wright. Blade Runner 2049 is set to land on the big screen on Oct. 6.
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