Late last month, Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve introduced a new prequel short that set to establish some major events between Ridley Scott’s original Blade Runner and his sequel. That short, 2036: Nexus Dawn, was directed by Luke Scott and focused on Jared Leto’s Niander Wallace showing off a new line of frighteningly obedient androids. Now, Luke Scott is back with another Blade Runner 2049 prequel, and this one is about Dave Bautista’s Sapper, a big Replicant dude who may or may not have a heart of gold.
This one is called 2048: Nowhere To Run, meaning that it takes place just a year before the full movie starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford. Unlike the Leto short, this one takes us out into the streets of the Blade Runner world, which are once again rain-soaked, totally packed, and drowning in neon lights. It’s unclear how much of an impact the stuff in this short will have on Blade Runner 2049, but at least we get to see Bautista show off some acting chops beyond what he does in Guardians Of The Galaxy.
A third prequel short should be coming eventually, and Blade Runner 2049 will be in theaters on October 6.