Can’t wait for Blade Runner 2049, the upcoming sequel to Ridley Scott’s legendary 1982 sci-fi movie? Check out the short film ‘prequel’ embedded above, that helps fill-in what happened in the world of Blade Runner between the first movie, set in 2019, and the sequel, set in 2049:
The short film “Nexus: 2036” takes place in the year 2036 and revolves around Jared Leto’s character, Niander Wallace …[who]… introduces a new line of “perfected” replicants called the Nexus 9, seeking to get the prohibition on replicants repealed.
…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.
This short ‘prequel’ is one of three introductory films that will be released ahead of Blade Runner 2049, which will hit theatres in early October. (You can watch the trailer here.)