Magazine article Screen International

Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling Launch First 'Blade Runner 2049' Trailer

Magazine article Screen International

Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling Launch First 'Blade Runner 2049' Trailer

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"We're still exploring the themes of memories and empathy."

Denis Villeneuve, Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford spoke about Blade Runner 2049 on Facebook Live as they launched the first full trailer for the science-fiction sequel.

Watch the trailer below or on mobile HERE.

Denis Villeneuve revealed no spoilers from Alcon Entertainment's upcoming Blade Runner 2049, but the director promised the sci-fi would go deeper into familiar terrain that was relevant to contemporary talking points.

"We're still exploring the themes of memories and empathy," Villeneuve said at Monday's launch of the first full trailer hosted by IMAX in Los Angeles and webcast via Facebook Live.

"That's the deeper tissue of where the movie evolves and what it means to be human."

Moments earlier Ryan Gosling, who stars as blade runner Officer K, quipped that there was a sniper on the premises as a warning not to reveal any plot points. The story takes place 30 years after events in the original, which opened in 1982 and is set in 2019.

Harrison Ford reprises his iconic role as blade runner Rick Deckard and spoke of his first day back on set for the sequel, which opens in the US on October 6.

"It was raining. It made me feel welcome," Ford said." Ryan was walking with a naked woman. That made me feel a little sad. She was a holographic projection, which made me happy again. It was really cool. I felt excited, happy to be involved in this project."

Ford said earlier: "It's fascinating that the original film postulated a technology that in many ways we have surpassed. In other ways, we're not quite there.

"This film takes into account the 30 years that have passed and references technologies that actually are in place now, and acknowledges and deals with some of the ethical considerations that technology presents us with.

"There's no such thing as a free lunch and we're really talking about both the benefits of technology and the social consequences of it in a way that I think is really interesting. …

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