'Blade Runner 2049' prequel short introduces us to Niander Wallace

'Blade Runner 2049' prequel short introduces us to Niander Wallace

Darren Sullivan
August 31, 2017

The film, which was posted over at Collider, shows that in the universe of Blade Runner the government have put in a ban on new replicant production in the year 2023 following an EMP attack that was blamed on replicants.

A main point of these featurettes is to introduce moviegoers to the legislation that followed the events in the original Blade Runner, which basically prohibits Replicant technology. Check out the prequel short film below! This short was directed by Ridley Scott's son, Luke Scott. It is called Nexus: 2036.

So what happened in those 30 years between Rick Deckard's hunt for rogue replicants and whatever 2049 is about?

Regardless of which timeline you want to use, it's clear the events of this short film are shortly before replicant prohibition has been repealed.

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Blade Runner 2049 opens October 6th in the U.S. and around the world. But while the new class of replicants can think and feel like any other, they're also very much under Wallace's thrall, and he has no qualms with asking them to do some pretty messed-up things. This short strikes a good balance between shedding more light on one of the sequel's most important new characters and retaining just the right amount of mystery to keep fans intrigued. The short is an easier watch if you're up to speed on the "Blackout" and the details of how Wallace gained the ability to make replicants in the first place.

The film will find a new Blade Runner, played by Ryan Gosling, tracking down Harrison Ford's Deckard.

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.