The marketing for Denis Villeneuve’s long-awaited Blade Runner 2049 hasn’t given away much about the sequel’s plot so far, and the film’s newly released first clip is no different.
The clip shows Officer K (Ryan Gosling) approaching a sweatshop filled with child laborers in a dystopian landscape with his gun drawn. During the scene that follows, the facility’s overseer, played by The Walking Dead‘s Lennie James, tells Officer K about what the children are building before, seemingly, trying to sell him a child. Officer K tells James that he’s “not buying,” flashing his LAPD badge. James responds, “bigger than you have tried to shut me down. Bigger than you, and they men were men at that.”
It’s not entirely clear why Officer K goes to the sweatshop or how it might tie in to the recent revelation that the film’s antagonist, Niander Wallace (Jared Leto), is building an army.
The film’s official synopsis reads:
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.
Written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, Blade Runner 2049 stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Robin Wright, Jared Leto, Barkhad Abdi, Lennie James, Mackenzie Davis and Sylvia Hoeks. Executive produced by Ridley Scott, the film hits theaters on October 6.
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