Watch: Jared Leto Stars in ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Prequel Short Film

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This is great.

Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Arrival) tasked some of his filmmaking buddies with crafting short films set after Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, which was set in 2019, and before the upcoming sequel, set in 2049. The first of these shorts, one set in the year 2036, has arrived online thanks to Collider.

Directed by Morgan helmer Luke Scott (Ridley’s son), the short film Nexus: 2036 places the spotlight on Jared Leto’s replicant manufacturer Niander Wallace. The slickly crafted piece finds Wallace attempting to get the prohibition on replicants repealed, believing humans don’t have long left. He introduces one of his new “perfected” replicants, the Nexus 9, which end up going into major production once prohibition is lifted. He convinces the board by… well, you should probably just watch the short below.

This viral short film marketing follows in the path Ridley’s Alien: Covenant recently took; Luke Scott also directed four of those.

Blade Runner 2049, also starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Sylvia Hoeks, and Mackenzie Davis, arrives in Aussie cinemas on October 5 and opens in the U.S. on October 6.

Synopsis for Blade Runner 2049:

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.

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