The captivating, atmospheric and discombobulating trailer for Blade Runner 2049 has arrived, teasing star power from Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford and visually arresting direction from Arrival visionary Denis Villeneuve. Appropriately enough given it follows in the footsteps of Ridley Scott's seminal 1982 original (adapted from Philip K. Dick's pioneering novel), it's also left us with more than a few questions...
How has Los Angeles changed?
Amidst the smoke, steam and shadow that defines the Blade Runner universe, we become privy to its futuristic landscape once again. It looks like Villeneuve has nailed the memorably grimy and rainy aesthetic that helped transform Ridley Scott's original into a sci-fi masterpiece, but there's no word yet on how it will update the Los Angeles setting, one memorably depicted as a fire-belching, neon-drenched 2019 hellhole in Scott's movie.
Is Ryan Gosling a replicant?
Gosling's LAPD Officer K is clad in a similar trenchcoat to what replicant Rutger Hauer sported in the original, so does this mean he's a replicant (humanoid android) too? As the ensuing dialogue makes clear he's a new generation of blade runner (that's an android hunter for those who need to bone up on their terminology), but as we know from the furore surrounding Ford's Rick Deckard, that doesn't necessarily mean he's human...
Is that a sculpture of Roy Batty?
Hauer's memorably insane replicant delivered one of the most famous monologues in cinema history at the end of Blade Runner with his "tears in rain" speech. It elevated him to the position of iconic movie character, and we can't help but feel that this giant head Gosling walks past kind of resembles Batty. Has his reputation extended down the years and seen him adopt the position of a god?
Is it the same piano from the original?
Upon arriving in the (undisclosed) building, Gosling approaches a piano and tentatively plays one note, a teasing and cryptic allusion to the piano located in Ford's apartment in the first movie. Is it the same instrument, and if so what does it tell us about how events have played out in the intervening years? Either way, let's just take a moment to appreciate how beautifully this scene is lit – frankly, we wouldn't expect anything less from one of our finest directors.
What's Deckard been up to in his retirement?
After 30 years in hiding the original protagonist emerges from the shadows, gun in hand, to confront Officer K. A sliver of dialogue reveals that "I used to do what you do", confirming K's blade running agenda. However, it's the latter's response, "things were simpler then", that's got us craving answers. Has the relationship between humans and replicants deteriorated further? Is the future now deadlier than ever? So many questions, so little answers. And while we're at it, is the movie going to explain what's happened to his replicant lover Rachel (Sean Young)?
Will Vangelis' score be quoted?
Arrival composer and Villeneuve's regular collaborator Johan Johansson will be scoring the movie and if his unsettling, alien and experimental work on the Amy Adams hit is anything to go by, we can expect a richly sonic treat resplendent in unusual textures. However, given Vangelis defined the sound of the first film with his woozy electronic atmosphere, we've got to know: will his music be making a comeback alongside Ford? No doubt we'll find out soon enough.
Check out the trailer for yourselves and tweet us your responses @Cineworld. Blade Runner 2049 is released on 6th October 2017.