While the world of Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 looks a lot like the old Blade Runner—right down to the giant Atari logos—a lot has probably happened in the 30 years since Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard drove off into a sunny paradise (or whatever happened in the end of your preferred cut of Blade Runner). To fill in some of those gaps, then, Villeneuve has enlisted some other filmmakers to develop a few short films that set up some new things in the Blade Runner universe before the year 2049.
The first, Nexus: 2036, was made by Luke Scott and it focuses on Jared Leto’s Niander Wallace showing off the obedience and spooky capacity for pain of his new series of Nexus Replicants. Wallace’s pitch: If a guy as weird as Jared Leto can get these androids to do whatever he says, then they’ll never rebel like those lousy Replicants in the first movie. The YouTube page has a bit more information about other things to expect from these Blade Runner sidequests, including a massive blackout that the government pinned on Replicants.
Blade Runner 2049, the actual movie, will be released on October 6.
[via io9, which, like The A.V. Club, is owned by Univision Communications.]