With the first looks at Blade Runner 2049 came a cryptic premise: Ryan Gosling plays Officer K, the titular LAPD agent who unearths a secret with the potential to crumble what’s left of society. That secret is still the mystery at hand, but the film’s new international trailer offers up more clues and some stunning visuals.
“Humanity cannot survive. Replicants are the future of the species, but I can only make so many,” says Jared Leto’s Neander Wallace. As we learned at San Diego Comic-Con with that history lesson of a video teaser, Wallace is the head of Wallace Corporations and their genetically modified food products are the primary source of sustenance in this futuristic Los Angeles.
He’s using all that influence for a nefarious purpose. “He’s got every gun in the city. I’ve got you,” Robin Wright’s character informs K. Our hero later realizes, “He’s constructing an army” — and “he,” we’re assuming, is Wallace.
The trailer also highlights more of this sci-fi world, exquisitely shot by cinematographer Roger Deakins, as well as explosive action. K tracks down Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard, while dodging knife jabs from Wallace’s righthand woman. We also see more of his girlfriend, who seems like another robot in disguise herself, as well as Dave Bautista’s wall-smashing character.
“[Blade Runner] was one of the first films that I saw that I didn’t know how to feel when it was over,” Gosling told EW in an interview. “The line between heroes and villains was so blurred. It’s not a hero’s journey in any way. When I was a kid, that was the storyline I had seen. Thematically, there’s just so much there — it was rich, it was melancholy, it was romantic. It’s so special. So many other things have stolen ideas from it, but they could never steal its soul. I felt lucky to enter that world.”
Blade Runner 2049 will hit theaters on Oct. 6. Watch the new international trailer above.