“Blade Runner 2049” First Prequel Short

Thirty years take place between the 2019-set events in Ridley Scott’s original “Blade Runner,” and those in Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming sequel “Blade Runner 2049”.

When planning the film, a timeline of events was drawn up with notations of key events that shaped the history of the film’s world between the movies. Villeneuve then got three artists to come up with short stories dramatising three of those key events.

Today they’ve released the first of these, the short film ‘Nexus Dawn’. Set in 2036, the short focuses on Jared Leto’s blind character Niander Wallace addressing a tribunal (headed by Benedict Wong) seeking repeal of the order outlawing Replicant technology.

“Blade Runner 2049” opens on October 6th.