‘Blade Runner 2049’ Stayed Mysterious at Comic-Con

Drew Dietsch
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Blade Runner 2049 came to Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con and brought the future with it. The panel showed off a timeline of events starting from the original film in 2019. A replicant event that happened in 2022 eventually brought about replicant prohibition in 2023. Could this be the inciting incident that kicks off the main thrust of Blade Runner 2049?

But our look into the future didn’t end there. A hologram of Jared Leto appeared to tell us how proud he is of the film. Normally, stars that can’t attend simply film a video message for the fans, but showing up as a hologram encapsulated the entire vibe of the film. Gotta say, it was actually pretty cool.

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Jared Leto plays Neander Wallace in 'Blade Runner 2049'

Leto’s character, Neander Wallace, is clearly a huge part of this new film’s story. His company bought out the Tyrell Corporation and is making even better replicants. We saw a clip of a replicant woman leading Agent K (Ryan Gosling) through the Wallace Corporation and seeing several replicant models in tubes.

Although we saw most of this in the trailer, the real revelation was seeing the replicant woman start up footage from a Voight-Kampff test. Could this be a recording of Deckard’s test with Rachel?

Blade Runner 2049 is keeping a lot of its secrets close to its chest. I appreciate that. It would’ve been great to see more, but we live in an age where marketing ruins a lot of the wonder and discovery of watching films. While we didn’t get a ton of new information about Blade Runner 2049, that only makes me even more intrigued to see it. The San Diego Comic-Con panel kept up that mystery while still proving that this is going to be a very unique kind of blockbuster experience.

Blade Runner 2049 will open in theaters on October 6. Stay curious.

Drew Dietsch
Drew Dietsch has written for CHUD.com, the News-Press, WhatCulture, and releases a weekly film review podcast, The Drew Reviews Podcast. He'll yak your ear off about horror movies, Jaws, RoboCop, and/or Batman if you let him.
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