Blade Runner 2049 trailer
“Yes, Han is really dead. No, I’m never coming back.” ©Warner Bros

There was a special Blade Runner 2049 live broadcast earlier today, one that culminated in the debut of a new movie trailer. Those present at the Facebook Live event: stars Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling, and their director Denis Villeneuve.

Ford, who was famously reticent about his unhappy experience on the original Blade Runner for many years, said that it was “a very gratifying experience” this time round to revisit the character of Rick Deckard.

“The character is woven into the story in a way that intrigued me. There’s a very strong emotional context and the relationship between the character Deckard that I play and other characters, I found fascinating.”

He added that the first complex scene he had with Gosling was “unexpectedly deep, emotionally deep, and really rich”. For Gosling, it was “pretty overwhelming” to be on a movie set of this scale, while director Villeneuve said that the movie is “still exploring the themes of memories and empathy”.

And then we got a Blade Runner 2049 trailer to follow up on the one released last December. Gosling has promised that the movie will be ‘a lot more bleak’ than the original, and it looks like the movie will live up to that promise.

“There is an order to things. That’s what we do here. We keep order,” declares Robin Wright’s character (just how good was she in Wonder Woman, eh?) There is a noirish, disturbing tone to proceedings as Officer K (Gosling) goes in search of Deckard (Ford), as well as glimpses of Jared Leto’s replicant manufacturer Wallace and Dave Bautista.

There’s still so much we don’t know about Blade Runner 2049 yet. Here’s hoping Villeneuve lives up to Ridley Scott’s legacy.

Blade Runner 2049 opens in Singapore on October 5.