Here's What Happened Between Blade Runner and Its Sequel

The three shorts, overseen by Villeneueve and directed by other filmmakers, "dramatize key events that occurred after 2019, when the first Blade Runner takes place, but before 2049, when [the] new Blade Runner story begins", according to Villeneueve, who introduces the first video, 2036: Nexus Dawn.

Nexus Dawn, finds Leto's character Niander Wallace debating the prohibition of Replicant technology.

Denis Villeneuve has the unenviable task of creating a sequel to Ridley Scott's beloved sci-fi classic, Blade Runner.

Before Blade Runner hits theaters this October, fans may want to check out this new short film that gives a look at what Jared Leto's villainous character could do.

Even if it is highly anticipated (and dreaded), Blade Runner, 2049 is still a mystery.

We assume this storyline serves as filler to answer for where all the new replicants in the sequel come from. In reality, Wallace had no intention of abiding by those rules, and he's already created at least one new Replicant whom he describes as an "angel". Wallace first solved world hunger with genetically engineered food in 2025, later buying the Tyrell 2028. This short was directed by Ridley Scott's son, Luke Scott.

2049: Life on Earth has reached its limit, and society divides between replicant and human.

Check out the short film, complete with an introduction by Villeneuve, below...

In 30 years a lot has happened in the world of Blade Runner.

The film also stars Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, with Dave Bautista, Edward James Olmos and Jared Leto.

  • Jacqueline Ellis