Dave Bautista Stars As A Rogue Replicant In The Second Of Three Blade Runner 2049 Prequels

Video: With just under a month until the release of Blade Runner 2049, director Denis Villeneuve has asked three directors to make short prequel films to set up that story — and the second one is out now.

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A New Generation Of Replicants Is Born In The First Blade Runner 2049 Prequel

Video: Before the next Blade Runner movie hits theatres, the world of future LA will be revealed in a series of short movies set in the years before the events of the film -- starting off with this short which delves into the aims of Jared Leto's creepy new villain, Niander Wallace.

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It’s called 2048: Nowhere to Run, and it’s directed by Jake Scott, son of original Blade Runner director Ridley Scott, and an accomplished director in his own right. Dave Bautista, who was briefly glimpsed in the most recent 2049 trailer, stars in this short as a replicant on the run. Check it out.

It seems likely that those papers and that phone call are how Ryan Gosling’s character finds Bautista’s character in the feature film — not an essential piece of information, but it’s still cool to see. And Bautista is just great in this. So timid and kind, but with that brutal core just waiting to burst open. You can also see that this 2049 version of Los Angeles is going to fit right in with 2019, as seen in Ridley Scott’s original.

We’ll certainly let you know when final prequel come online. Who would you like to see featured or directing?