Jared Leto appears as Niander Wallace -- and he brought a friend

A lot has happened between the events of Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 — and audiences are getting a glimpse of what has changed in the world Ridley Scott created thanks to a new short film directed by his son, Luke.

Called “2036: Nexus Dawn” (which Collider debuted on Tuesday), the short showcases Jared Leto’s Niander Wallace, who introduces a new line of “perfected” replicants, the Nexus 9, in the hopes of repealing robot Prohibition.

But first, let’s set the stage…

Benedict Wong’s character makes repeated mention of the blackout — not just a blackout, but the blackout. According to a Comic-Con teaser video for Blade Runner 2049 and its accompanying website, the United States was crippled by a rolling blackout when an EMP of unknown origins went off in the year 2022. Many blamed replicants, which at this point had been developed into the Nexus 6, robots with longer lifespans. A Prohibition era commenced wherein these robots were decommissioned.

The new short film takes place in the year 2036. According to the same breakdown of events, this is the year the Prohibition era was lifted. So, it seems Wallace’s stunt with the Nexus 9 stabbing itself in the neck was a success.

You can tell he stays humble about the whole thing. “This is an angel — and I made him,” Wallace says.

The Blade Runner sequel will pick up a few years after the events of this short film in the titular year of 2049. Ryan Gosling portrays LAPD officer K, who tracks down Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard when he uncovers a secret with devastating potential. Robin Wright, Sylvia Hoeks, Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista, and Mackenzie Davis also star.

Blade Runner 2049 will hit theaters on Oct. 6.

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