It seems like everything old is new again these days. Chokers. Flannel shirts. Harrison Ford. Okay, so we’re just kidding about that last one — Harrison Ford never really went out of style.
But he does seem to be making a resurgence at the box office lately. First he returned as Indiana Jones. Then he was back as Han Solo for last December’s Star Wars mania. And now, thanks to yet another film franchise continuation, Ford is back for the new Blade Runner movie in a pretty big way. We can barely contain our excitement.
Remakes and continuations are often hits or misses, but after seeing the teaser trailer for Blade Runner 2049 we’ve got a lot of hope for this one. The film follows up on the premise of the 1982 flick, in that replicants (androids that look like humans) go rogue and it’s up to LAPD “blade runners” to hunt them down and stop them.
Ford was pretty much the ultimate anti-hero as LAPD blade runner Rick Deckard, but as we can see from the trailer (above), there’s a bit of torch-passing going on given that this film takes place 30 years after the original. And so a new LAPD blade runner, played by the always-compelling Ryan Gosling, enters the scene and confronts Deckard — who’s been missing for 30 years.
“I had your job once,” Deckard tells the newbie Officer K. “I was good at it.”
“Things were simpler then,” Officer K retorts.
That’s about all the teaser is giving away for now, but we got so much more out of it than just a little story setup. The dark tones and cinematography give us every bit of confidence in new director Denis Villeneuve; plus original boss Ridley Scott is back on board as a producer. Add in a cast that includes names like Robin Wright and Jared Leto, and we’re pretty much counting down the days until the Oct. 6 release date.
It may be a bit early to call, but we think Ford is about to prove again just how darned legendary he is.