As part of their SDCC 2017 preview, Entertainment Weekly has revealed a new look at Blade Runner 2049, the long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s original classic Blade Runner.
Blade Runner 2049 picks up thirty years after the events of the first film following the new Blade Runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling) after he discovers a terrible secret that could send what is left of society into chaos prompting him to go on a search for Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) who has been missing since we saw him escape with the replicant Rachel (Sean Young).
While speaking to the magazine, Gosling shared how impressed he was by the scope and scale of the production as he revealed a set for a short dialogue exchange took up an entire stage:
“Here’s a perfect example of working on this film. In the script, my character walks up to a guy sitting at a desk, and we have a very small exchange. It’s probably a quarter of a page of the screenplay. I show up at set that day and that is what they built [laughs]. I said to [director Denis Villeneuve], ‘You built all this for just one scene? It takes up an entire stage!’ And he said, ‘Yes, well, the scene is in the movie, right?’ It didn’t matter if it was a quarter of a page or an important set piece — everything was treated with the same level of detail and importance.”
Villeneuve expressed how important every element of the production was, including the background talent that would help bring the world of Blade Runner back to life three decades later:
“It’s not the amount of time [on screen] but the impact of the moment. Every background player, even if seen only briefly, mattered. This film had the longest and toughest casting I’ve ever done. Each extra had to be chosen specifically for their look—we had to get the right faces to bring the right atmosphere to the right scene. Everything — the sets, the lights, the props, the vehicles — they are all saying something about our future.”
The director also revealed the state of peril the world is in as he commented on the change in the film’s color palette compared to Scott’s original classic:
“The climate has gone berserk and the ecosystem has collapsed and the ocean has risen. There are a lot of refugees trying to survive on the West Coast. The presence of the winter brings more charcoal and there’s sparks of color. The yellow is something I can’t talk about, but…it’s a very important color.”
For 2049, Villeneuve reunites with legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins on the film. The duo previously worked together on both Sicario and Prisoners but for Villeneuve’s sci-fi-mystery Arrival, the director worked with A Most Violent Year cinematographer Bradford Young, marking Deakins’ first foray into futuristic sci-fi. Deakins opened up about how he felt he was the right match for Villeneuve on the upcoming sequel:
“It’s important when you work with a director that you see things in a similar way. I love science fiction; I don’t like science fantasy, and there’s a big difference,” Deakins says. “I like the futurism of science fiction and the idea that maybe this world could exist.”
Villeneuve also gushed about working with Gosling as he revealed that the star is featured in almost every single film of the frame:
“Ryan was my muse. He has the movie on his shoulders. He’s in almost every single frame. To see his smile in the morning — and when Ryan Gosling smiles, the camera melts — and his goodwill and strength just meant the world to me. I owe him a lot. This movie owes him a lot.”
You can check out all of the new images from the film released in the gallery below.
The film stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, with Dave Bautista and Jared Leto. Here’s the official synopsis:
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.
Blade Runner 2049 hits theaters October 6, 2017.