Blade Runner 2049 is a 2017 neo-noir science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. A sequel to the 1982 film Blade Runner, the film stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, with Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Dave Bautista, and Jared Leto in supporting roles. Ford and Edward James Olmos reprise their roles from the original film. Gosling plays K, a Nexus-9 replicant “blade runner” who uncovers a secret that threatens to destabilize society and the course of civilization.
Director Denis Villeneuve admitted that he was initially hesitant to take on such an iconic property
“It’s more than nervous, it’s a deep fear. I mean, when I heard that Sir Ridley Scott wanted to do another movie in the ‘Blade Runner’ universe, at first my reaction was that it’s a fantastic idea, but it may be a very bad idea. I’m among the hardcore fans of Blade Runner (1982). It’s one of my favorite movies of all time. It’s a movie that is linked with my love and passion for cinema.”
Denis Villeneuve said that the script was a big influence on his direction. He said that he used all the scripts
Ana de Armas had no problem performing the nude scenes, but she refused to cut her hair short for the role. So they used a wig instead
The movie earned cinematographer Roger Deakins his first Academy Award for Best Cinematography, after having been nominated thirteen previous times without winning
David Bowie was director Denis Villeneuve’s first choice for the role of Niander Wallace, but he died before the start of shooting
The original cut of the movie was 4 hours long
Blade Runner 2049 Ryan Gosling Blade Runner 2049 clocks in at a lengthy 2 hours 44 minutes, making it one of the more lengthy films to be released in 2017. However, the original cut of the film was far longer, too long in fact, and ran for 4 hours in total. However, a lot was required to be cut to produce the final film and director Denis Villeneuve doesn’t plan on releasing an extended cut any time soon, and personally, he isn’t a fan of them.