Jared Leto Sees The Future In 'Blade Runner 2049' Prequel Short Film

It's not surprising that Ridley Scott is playing the long game approach to marketing Blade Runner 2049, since he has done the same with Prometheus and Alien: Covenant before it. That means a slow expansion of the world that has been created by director Denis Villeneuve which fills in the 30 year gap from Scott's seminal sci-fi film. Part of that strategy will include a series of short movies, the first centering on Jared Leto's mysterious "villain", Niander Wallace.

Like the Alien: Covenant shorts from earlier in the year, this film is directed by Ridley's son, Luke Scott. It takes us a bit further into the head of the man who will do anything to bring replicants back after they were banned in 2023.  Doctor Strange's Benedict Wong co-stars. With two more of these shorts on the way I expect we'll see the major events on the Blade Runner 2049 timeline depicted. I'm curious to see who the other directors will, though, because I quite like Luke's handling of this one.

Here's the official synopsis: Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K, 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, a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. 

Starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Dave Bautista, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas,  Sylvia Hoeks, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, and Lennie James, Blade Runner 2049 opens October 6th.