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Blade Runner 2049 Short Film Reveals What Happened in 2036

Warner Bros has released Nexus: 2036, a short film, for 2017’s Blade Runner 2049. Denis Villeneuve directs the film which stars Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, and Ana de Armas. Blade Runner 2049 hits theaters beginning on October 6, 2017.

Blade Runner 2049 Summary

Collider’s exclusive premiere of a Blade Runner 2049 prequel short film “in-world” piece that explains what happened in the world of Blade Runner between the first movie, set in 2019, and this sequel, set in 2049. The short film “Nexus: 2036” takes place in the year 2036 and revolves around Jared Leto’s character, Niander Wallace. Luke Scott (Morgan) directs this short. In it, Wallace introduces a new line of “perfected” replicants called the Nexus 9. He looks to repeal the prohibition on replicants. This no doubt has serious ramifications that will be crucial to the plot of Blade Runner 2049.

At Comic-Con this summer, Warner Bros. unveiled a teaser that offered a bullet point rundown of the events that have occurred in the Blade Runner timeline since Ridley Scott’s original movie. This “in-world” piece is one of three short films that will debut ahead of Blade Runner 2049, which will further flesh out the Blade Runner universe with even more information. In 2022, a massive EMP detonates on the West Coast. A year later, the government pins the explosion on Replicants, and authorities legislate an indefinite “prohibition” on replicant production. So in this Wallace piece, we learn the beginnings of the new Replicants post-prohibition.

In 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.

Official Trailer courtesy Collider Videos