Blade Runner 2049 is one of the most anticipated sequels of all time. The original film was a game-changer in terms of world-building and production design. Now, we’re getting a sequel that is aiming to recapture some of that magic. Plenty of fans are feeling skeptical. We here at Fandom couldn’t be more excited. Here are a few reasons why you should be as pumped for Blade Runner 2049 as we are.

The Director

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Denis Villeneuve is one of the best directors working today. Between Sicario and Arrival, he has proven to be a powerful directorial force. Along with legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins, Villeneuve’s chilly but impacting visual style is a perfect fit for the world of Blade Runner. His position as director also shows that the studio isn’t treating this sequel as a throwaway cash grab. They are giving this film to a true artist.

The Cast

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One of Blade Runner‘s greatest strengths was its cast. Blade Runner 2049 recognized this and decided to fill its ranks with some real heavy hitters. Not only do we see the return of Harrison Ford as Deckard, but we’re getting Ryan Gosling as a co-lead. Gosling is an undeniable talent and rarely attaches himself to a project unless he has a lot of faith in the material. We’ll also be seeing turns from Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, and Jared Leto in this sequel. I wouldn’t be surprised if some other familiar faces make their way to the big screen. Needless to say, this is a movie where the players match the film’s potential.

The Score

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Vangelis‘s score for Blade Runner is as classic as the film itself. The synth noir feel is one of the most integral elements of the original. Jóhann Jóhannsson certainly has some big shoes to fill but he’s got the credentials to do so. His music for Sicario alone proves that he can craft some serious dread. However, his work on The Theory of Everything shows that he can be equally as tender and wondrous. The music for this film is in very good hands.

The Technology

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While the tech of the universe probably won’t change too much, it’s the filmmaking technology we’re talking about. Blade Runner 2049 has an abundance of cutting edge technology at its disposal. Granted, the sequel will certainly have lots of great practical effects but think about director Denis Villeneuve’s most recent film, Arrival. The amazing blend of digital and practical effects in that film are jaw-dropping. If the same attention is spent on Blade Runner 2049, it could go down as one of the best sci-fi films of all time.

Blade Runner 2049 opens in theaters on October 6, 2017.

Drew Dietsch
Drew Dietsch has written for, 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.