New Blade Runner short film Nexus: 2036 starring Jared Leto bridges 30-year gap between original and upcoming full length sequel
It's one of the most anticipated films of the fall, and on Tuesday, fans got something to snack on.
A short film starring Jared Leto titled Nexus: 2036, serving as a mini-prequel to October's Blade Runner 2049, was released online by Warner Bros. Tuesday.
Nexus: 2036, which is directed by Luke Scott, is the first in a trilogy director Denis Villeneuve is presiding over to bridge plot gaps that exist from the end of the 1982 film that starred Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, which was set in 2019. Villeneuve said in an intro for the clip, 'I have asked a couple of artists who I respect to create three short stories that dramatized some key events that occurred after 2019, when the first Blade Runner takes place, but before 2049, when my new Blade Runner story begins.'
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The eyes have it: Jared Leto stars in a new short film Nexus: 2036, which serves as a prequel to the upcoming Blade Runner 2049
In the short, which was first shown on Collider, Leto plays Niander Wallace, who is seeking to have a ban on Replicants pulled back, as they have been 'perfected' to a line called the Nexus 9, the outlet reported.
It begins with Wallace sitting in front of a group of authorities with one of the new Replicants he has developed.
'I believe in life,' Wallace said. 'In fact, I have rung more life from our earth than ever before. But it is dying; you are dying.'
Wallace goes on to say that his Replicants are the perfect creation that will 'simply obey,' no matter what.
Creepy: Leto plays Niander Wallace, who is appealing to authorities in the future to repeal a ban on Replicants
Tension-packed: The preview features a powerful discussion between Wallace and a board of magistrates about the long-standing ban
Cutting edge: Wallace shows off the docile nature of his Replicants with a shocking demonstration
'My Replicants will live as long or as short as a customer will pay,' he said. 'My Replicants will never rebel, they will never run - they will simply obey.'
Wallace says in introducing a new Replicant creation, 'This is an angel and I made him,' ordering the Replicant to cut himself with a piece of jagged glass.
He continues to order the Replicant to make a choice - 'Your life or mine' - before watching the Replicant fatally injure himself.
A bit much: Authorities wince in seeing the extent of power Wallace lords over his new breed of Replicants
More to come: The short film was the first in a trilogy slated to be released prior to Blade Runner 2049 hitting theaters in October
Last month at Comic-Con, Warner Bros. detailed a series of events in the three-decade span between films, including the government's 2023 ban on making new Replicants in reaction to an EMP detonation blamed on the Replicants, according to Collider.
The film stars Ryan Gosling as LAPD Officer K, who touches on a mystery that leads him to seek out the missing Deckard (Ford) three decades after his disappearance.
Blade Runner 2049, which features a star-studded cast including Robin Wright, Sylvia Hoeks, Ana de Armas and Dave Bautista, hits theaters October 6.
Next step: Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve said he chose three filmmakers 'to create three short stories that dramatized some key events' in between the original film and the sequel
Leading man: Ryan Gosling stars in the highly-anticipated film as LAPD Officer K
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