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  • Originally, at the early development stage of the project, Ridley Scott was set to take on the directorial duties of this film. By the time the movie was getting close to pre-production, Scott announced he would no longer take the helm but would stay involved as a producer. Specifics weren't given by Scott on why he dropped out of directing the film. Oddly enough, a report came out in August 2014 that Alien: Covenant (2017), a sequel to Prometheus (2012), may be getting delayed because Scott planned to helm this film after The Martian (2015), which was in production at the time. But now, it looks to be the other way around, and Scott's commitment to Alien: Covenant (2017) may have forced him to step away from directing this film.
  • Sean Young does not reprise her role as Rachael from Blade Runner (1982). After being very vocal in her reactions to Blade Runner 2049 (2017), which included a suggestion that fans of the original film should boycott this new one if she was not involved in it, she told The Guardian newspaper: "I saw Ridley a month ago, and not a peep was uttered from his mouth about it, and so I left it alone."
  • Sylvia Hoeks is the second Dutch actor to be cast in a Blade Runner movie as a villainous Replicant; Dutch actor Rutger Hauer famously played Roy Batty in Blade Runner (1982).
  • The first joint-venture between Warner Bros. and Columbia Pictures since Something's Gotta Give (2003).
  • Actors Barkhad Abdi, Ana de Armas, Mackenzie Davis, Sylvia Hoeks, and Carla Juri weren't born when the first film was released.
  • Director Denis Villeneuve spent the summer and fall of 2016 in Budapest filming Blade Runner 2049 (2017) slated for release next year per Wall Street Journal (September 8, 2016, article by Don Steinberg).
  • This sequel was released in the USA on October 6, 2017, just ten years and one day after the Final Cut version of the first film premiered in Los Angeles.
  • Initially, Denis Villeneuve was against the concept of a sequel to Blade Runner (1982), as he felt it could violate the original. But after reading the script, which he and Harrison Ford have described as "one of the best" they have ever read, he committed to the project, stating that Ford was already involved at that point: "To be very honest with you, Harrison was part of the project before I arrived. He was attached to it right from the start with Ridley [Scott]. I met him and he's honestly one of the nicest human beings I've met and is one of my favorite actors of all time, so for me it's a lot of pleasure."
  • Speaking of pressure, Denis Villeneuve admitted that he was initially hesitant to take on such an iconic property: "It's more than nervous, it's a deep fear. I mean when I heard that Ridley Scott wanted to do another movie in the Blade Runner universe, at first my reaction was that it's a fantastic idea, but it may be a very bad idea. I'm among the hardcore fans of Blade Runner (1982). It's one of my favorite movies of all time. It's a movie that is linked with my love and passion for cinema. I'm coming from a small town in Quebec where, at that time, there was no internet and the way to be in contact with movies were those American fan magazines like Fantastic Films and Starlog and I still remember the shock, the impact of seeing the first frames, the first pictures coming out of Blade Runner. Me and my friends were in awe, so excited and the movie was such a strong cinematic experience. A new way of seeing sci-fi."
  • Ultimately Denis Villeneuve says he signed on, "because I feel that I can do it," and expanded a bit on how he'll be approaching the sequel: "It's a huge challenge, because you don't want to cut and paste, otherwise there's no point. And at the same time you have to respect what was done, so you have to find the right equilibrium between being faithful to the first one and bringing something new at the same time that will make sense to the Blade Runner universe."
  • Pierre Gill, who was Denis Villeneuve's cinematographer on Polytechnique (2009), is running Roger Deakins' second unit on Blade Runner 2049 (2017).
  • Ever since Blade Runner (1982) hit theaters, there has been a longstanding, deep debate among its fans about whether or not Harrison Ford's Rick Deckard is a human or a replicant. It's a question that the film leaves up to the viewer, though director Ridley Scott, Ford, and everyone else has chimed in with their own thoughts on the subject. With the sequel, there will certainly be more fuel on the fire of Deckard's true identity. Denis Villeneuve did go on to say that the mystery will be something they address in the film and that re-contextualizing the original film with any answers they present in the sequel is a concern of his: "The thing I must say is that I love mystery. I love shadows. I love doubts. I would just want to say to the fans that we will take care of that mystery. I will take care of it."
  • With Ridley Scott having toyed with the edit of Blade Runner (1982) over the years, it is fair to ask which version would be considered "canon" going into the sequel. Denis Villeneuve replied by insinuating the follow-up may not be as much of a straightforward sequel as we thought: "The movie will be autonomous and at the same time there will be some link. The only thing I can say is I was raised with the original cut, the original version that Ridley doesn't like. That's the Blade Runner that I was introduced to at the beginning and that I loved for years, and then I must say that I appreciated the very last cut, the 'Final Cut' version. So between all the different cuts, for me it's the first and the very last that I'm more inspired by."
  • Denis Villeneuve noted that he's fully aware of the immense pressure he's under, and how hardcore fans of the original view the prospect of a new film: "I know that every single fan will walk into the theater with a baseball bat. I'm aware of that and I respect that, and it's okay with me because it's art. Art is risk, and I have to take risks. It's gonna be the biggest risk of my life but I'm okay with that. For me it's very exciting... It's just so inspiring, I'm so inspired. I've been dreaming to do sci-fi since I was 10 years old, and I said 'no' to a lot of sequels. I couldn't say 'no' to Blade Runner 2049. I love it too much, so I said, 'Alright, I will do it and give everything I have to make it great.'"
  • European sci-fi magazine Métal Hurlant, considered revolutionary in the comic book art form during the 70s and 80s, has inspired many generations of authors and filmmakers, such as Ridley Scott for Blade Runner (1982). François Schuiten, one of the most influential comic book artists behind Métal Hurlant, acted as production designer on Mars et Avril (2012). This indie sci-fi romance, which pays tribute to Métal Hurlant in many ways, is directed by Martin Villeneuve, the younger brother of Denis Villeneuve who directed this film.
  • Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green have written the original screenplay based on an idea by Fancher and Ridley Scott with the story taking place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original. Denis Villeneuve said in an interview for Collider on September 11, 2015: "Hampton Fancher, Ridley Scott and Michael Green did a fantastic job on the screenplay. It's a very powerful screenplay. And I felt that it made sense to me and I had the Ridley Scott blessing. But you ask if I hesitated. I hesitated massively. It took me a lot of time to say yes."
  • Jared Leto was introduced to Denis Villeneuve by his close friend Jean-Marc Vallée, who had directed Leto in Dallas Buyers Club (2013).
  • Jared Leto traveled to Budapest, Hungary in September 2016 to film his scenes and was wrapped in just under two weeks.
  • Emily Blunt was considered for a role but she declined due to her pregnancy.
  • The film's cast includes one Oscar winner: Jared Leto, and four Oscar nominees: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Edward James Olmos and Barkhad Abdi.
  • Executive produced by Ridley Scott (director of the original "Blade Runner" film).
  • The sequel which takes place 30 years after Blade Runner (1982) is the story of new Blade Runner Officer K (Ryan Gosling) as he searches Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) who has disappeared. In Harrison Ford's earlier science fiction film Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) which took place 30 years after Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), The film's main protagonists Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega) are searching for Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) who disappeared. Harrison Ford played Han Solo in the Star Wars films.
  • Jared Leto made a surprise appearance at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, NV on March 29, 2017 to promote the film at the Warner Bros. panel, and to introduce new footage. Leto appeared alongside co-star Ana de Armas and director Denis Villeneuve. Ryan Gosling also appeared at the convention to present new footage at the Sony Pictures panel.
  • Hampton Fancher was approached to write a script for this film. He agreed to write the sequel but in a novella format mixed with a screenplay. He wrote the 110 page novella script and then told them to leave him alone after that. According to Michael Green, who wrote the shooting draft, the script was called Acid Zoo and featured an ending in which Deckard died.
  • In the trailer at 0:48, when K having a walk, the signboard on his right reads, "BAR", which is written in Hindi.
  • The role of new Blade Runner Officer K was written specifically with Ryan Gosling in mind. He was the only choice for director Denis Villeneuve.
  • Ryan Gosling turned down the role of The Joker in Suicide Squad (2016). Costar Jared Leto was cast instead.
  • Released the same year as Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017). Harrison Ford played Han Solo in the Star Wars movies.
  • At 2 hours and 43 minutes, Blade Runner 2049 (2017)is 46 minutes longer than the original Blade Runner (1982) which ran 1 hour and 57 minutes long.
  • In an (21 September, 2017) interview in Dutch magazine Algemeen Dagblad actress Sylvia Hoeks explained her hair was dyed black to give her "an Asian appearance". Hoeks: "I became the Japanese version of myself. My best friend and I even started to greet each other in Japanese."
  • David Bowie was Denis Villeneuve's first choice for the role of Niander Wallace, but passed away before the start of the shooting.
  • Due to the plot differences between the multiple cuts of Blade Runner (1982) the people questioned which version of the original film is used as a canon for the sequel. Although Denis Villeneuve expressed his love for the original theatrical cut he stated that his film is a following of the 'Final Cut' version released in 2007.
  • In order to portray the blind character of Niander Wallace Jared Leto decided to fit himself with opaque contact lenses that made it impossible for him to see any thing.
  • While shooting a fight scene, Harrison Ford accidentally punched Ryan Gosling in the face. As an apology to his costar Ford invited Gosling to share a bottle of scotch whisky with him.
  • Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson was attached to compose the music for the film; however, in August 2017, he dropped out from the project for unknown reasons and composer Hans Zimmer, along with Benjamin Wallfisch, were hired to replace Jóhannsson.
  • This would be the second time Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch have worked together in 2017; they previously collaborated on Dunkirk (2017), a film by Christopher Nolan. However, Hans Zimmer composed most of the music for Dunkirk, while Wallfisch contributed with sounds on some tracks.
  • The film's plot sparks lack of originality. In the film which takes place 30 years after Blade Runner (1982) Officer K (Ryan Goslin) searches for Deckard (Harrison Ford) whom has disappeared and has not been seen for 30 years. In TRON: Legacy (2010) Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) searches for his father Kevin (Jeff Bridges) whom has been missing for 27 years and in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) are searching for Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) whom has vanished. Both films are sequels to classic science fiction films TRON (1982) and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
  • Shipped to theaters under the name "Triboro".
  • During post production, on July 11th, 1981, Producer Michael Deeley and Director Ridley Scott were both "technically" fired from the original "Blade Runner" . "Blade Runner 2049" began filming exactly 35 years later on July 11th, 2016.
  • When asked for his thoughts about the sequel, Rutger Hauer, (who played Roy Batty in Blade Runner (1982)), stated that that he was completely indifferent to it. He saw no reason why the makers would go back to something which he thought was already perfect, but admitted that it could be considered a compliment.
  • Sylvia Hoeks plays a character named Luv. Coincidentally, there was a popular girl pop group called Luv' in the 70s and 80s in the Netherlands, where Hoeks is from.
  • There are three short films that fill the gap between the original Blade Runner and this sequel. Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 (2017) is the first in chronological order, followed by 2036: Nexus Dawn (2017) and 2048: Nowhere to Run (2017). Black Out 2022 has been made by anime director Shinichirô Watanabe, who is famous for his work on Animatrix and Cowboy Bebop. The other two have been directed by Luke Scott, Ridley Scott's son.
  • All 3 up-to-date known short films for "Blade Runner 2049" start with an interview scene in which Villeneuve, the director of the new feature film, says that he asked "a handful of directors" to make shorts, which should fill the gap between his new and the old Blade Runner movie. But there are just 3 films released till now - and these 3 films are made by just two(!) directors. So there are maybe 3 more short films we haven't seen yet or those projects were never finished.
  • The date inscribed on the bottom of the wooden horse, 6.10.21, is the date four years after the premiere of the film, the sixth of October.
  • The character name Ana Stelline is a pun on anastellin, a human antiangiogenic peptide.
  • The opening scene in which K confronts Sapper Morton is a near exact remake of a scene written and storyboarded but never filmed for the original Blade Runner.
  • Joi suggests the name "Joe" for K. Josef K is the name of the main character in Franz Kafka's novel The Trial. Josef K is accused of a crime but is never told the charge, a possible metaphor for K's station in life.
  • According to the documentary Dangerous Days: The Making of Blade Runner Ridley Scott had a totally different introduction in mind for Rick Deckard in the 1982 movie. In the end he chose the noodles scene on the street to first show Ford as an ex-Blade Runner. 35 Years later director Denis Villeneuve used that exact unused scene in Blade Runner 2049 to introduce Ryan Gosling. It became the farm scene with the discovery of the tree.
  • The film includes signs for companies that suffered the alleged "Blade Runner Curse," most notably Pan Am airlines (which went bankrupt in 1991) and Atari (which currently exists as a brand but has not been a corporate entity since the mid 90s). Denis Villeneuve has explained that both films take place in an alternate universe where these companies remained corporate powerhouses and other companies like Apple didn't exist (not to mention a universe in which synthetic humans were developed by the 2010s)
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment/Columbia Pictures were not involved with the original Blade Runner (in fact in 1982 Columbia Pictures was owned by the Coca-Cola company). Sony's participation in this movie is due to their purchase of Embassy Pictures, one of the first movie's producers.
  • The name of Agent K's apartment building is Mobius 21. Jean (Moebius) Giraud's graphic short story "The Long Tomorrow" (published in Metal Hurlant in France and Heavy Metal in the US) was an early influence on the look of Blade Runner.
  • On August 25, 2016, a construction worker was killed while dismantling one of the film's sets at Origo Studios.
  • Critics who saw the film before its release were asked by Villeneuve not to reveal certain characters and plot points.
  • In June 2009, The New York Times reported that Scott and his brother, director Tony Scott, were working on a Blade Runner prequel, Purefold, set in 2019. The prequel was planned as a series of 5-10 minute shorts, aimed first at the web and then perhaps television. Due to rights problems, the series was not to be linked too closely to the characters or events of the 1982 film. On February 7, 2010, it was announced that production on Purefold had ceased, due to funding problems. On March 4, 2011, the website io9 reported that Yorkin was developing a new Blade Runner film. It was also reported that month that director Christopher Nolan was desired as director.
  • Greenhouses on the farm in the opening scene have label "TSELINA" on them. It is a Russian word meaning "virgin land".
  • For shooting of the scene in Las Vegas, cinematographer Roger Deakins got inspired by a memory of seeing the Sydney Opera House in Australia after a dust storm. Denis Villeneuve suggested adding the giant erotic statue.
  • Both Jared Leto and Robin Wright starred in the DC Extended Universe: Leto as the Joker in Suicide Squad (2016) and Wright as Antiope in Wonder Woman (2017).
  • When Joi searches around Deckard's place, there is ambient noise which was heard in Deckard's apartment in the first movie and was also used as background noise in the med bay in Alien (1979).
  • Ryan Gosling (K) and Wood Harris (Nandez) both appeared in Remember the Titans (2000).
  • Jared Leto worked with the organization Junior Blind of America to research blindness in preparation for the role of Niander Wallace.
  • Jared Leto used Silicon Valley tech investors and inventors that he personally knows as examples of how Niander Wallace would behave.
  • Sony Pictures, which handles world distribution of Blade Runner 2049, drew the wrath of Film Critics Association of of Turkey (SIYAD) when it defended its decision of supplying a self-censored version of the movie, deleting all instances of nudity, to Turkey by stating that it was done out of "respect for the local culture." SIYAD responded in an open letter to Sony, saying "Seeing oneself as an authority to decide what is appropriate and what is not appropriate for a "local culture" and imposing your view on that "culture" is one of the greatest shows of disrespect for that "culture". It is an insult to the people of Turkey and specifically to movie-goers in Turkey to assume them to be disturbed by any sign of nudity whatsoever. "
  • Ridley Scott started the production and was set to direct the film, but in the end turned down the project due schedule conflicts with Alien: Covenant (2017). He remained however as executive producer and creative consultant.
  • Questioned about the possibility of a future alternative cut of the film Denis Villeneuve stated that the theatrical cut is his one and only cut. The original Blade Runner (1982) is notorious for having several different cuts released through the years.
  • Wood is rare, and valuable as shown by the wooden horse K owns. Wallace house is made of almost all wood. Showing how wealthy he is.
  • The labels on Sapper's tent-farms read "Tselina", Russian for "virgin lands". It is a name for the underdeveloped, but fertile land resources in USSR (primarily in Kazakhstan). The term became widespread in the USSR from 1954 to the 1960s. This is the first example of the mix of various languages used throughout the movie.
  • In the casino, Joi is wearing a clear jacket much like the one worn by Zhora (Joanna Cassidy) in Blade Runner.
  • Officer K's (Ryan Gosling) flying car was a Peugeot, a French automotive brand.
  • The text of the baseline that K must recite ("And blood-black nothingness began to spin / A system of cells interlinked within / Cells interlinked within cells interlinked / Within one stem. And dreadfully distinct/ Against the dark, a tall white fountain played") is from Vladimir Nabokov's PALE FIRE (lines 703-707 of the poem), the novel that Joi volunteers to read to K. The passage goes on to describe how "the mind / Of any man is quick to recognize / Natural shams ... The reed becomes a bird, the knobby twig / An inchworm ..." Recognizing "natural shams" is of course an apt description of a Blade Runner's job.
  • The farm greenhouse is labeled with a Russian word (corresponding to "ZELINA" in Latin letters), meaning virgin soil or land.
  • David Dastmalchian and Wood Harris both recently appeared in Antman (2015).
  • When K is approached by Mariette and two other women, one of the other two speaks her lines in Finnish, saying "Tää jätkä on Blade Runner. Se on vitun vaarallinen. Annetaan sen olla." ("This guy is a Blade Runner. He's fucking dangerous, let's leave him be."). The character is played by Krista Kosonen, who is a native Finn.
  • The cars used by the Wallace company are Lincoln.
  • Ridley Scott advised Denis Villeneuve to leave room for mystery.
  • Although he receives second billing, Harrison Ford does not appear until 1 hour & 48 minutes into the movie.
  • For Denis Villeneuve, there are two versions of the original Blade Runner (1982) movie despite the seven alternative cuts: The original cut is the story of a human being that is falling in love with a replicant and the final cut is a story of a replicant that discovers its true identity. As for Blade Runner 2049, with Villeneuve's own words, it is made from the tension between those two versions.
  • The image of garbage transports dropping their loads into the junkyard of San Diego echoes the setting of Soldier (1998), written by Blade Runner (1982) co-screenwriter David Webb Peoples. In that film, the protagonist is a space soldier deemed obsolete and dumped on a junkyard planet, and is a veteran of battles described by Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) in Blade Runner.
  • The alarm that sounds in Deckard's apartment just before he says "They know you're here" to K is the same alarm sound that is heard in Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" when Elizabeth Shaw is programming the med pod to perform a C-section on her.
  • When Wallace has Deckhard in his capture, it can clearly be seen that Deckhard's eyes flash red.
  • The first shot of the film was of an eye opening. The first shot in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner and Alien: Covenant also consisted of an eye opening. All three films focused on humanizing androids and began with the same shot.
  • The Wallace Corp alert is from the orchestra "Peter and the Wolf".
  • Both Ana de Armas (Joi) and Jared Leto (Niander Wallace) have previously starred in movies about gun running. For de Armas it was 'War Dogs,' and for Leto it was 'Lord of War.'
  • The whole production was named "Triboro" during shooting.
  • All the scenes in K's apartment were shot in a misted studio for four weeks, to give the impression of a foggy view out of the window. This impacted electronic equipment and K's apartment had to be air conditioned to bring humidity levels down.
  • Policeman K serial number is KD9-3.7, so it is P KD9-3.7. This pays homage to author Philip K. Dick (PKD).
  • Jared Leto being a method actor virtually never saw any of his castmates during filming as the white contact lenses obstructed his vision.
  • The character Joi played by Ana De Armas is named after The porn genre JOI an Acronym for Jerk Off Instruction,it's an immersive interaction between the porn actress and the camera giving a sort of sexual similuation POV to the viewer. In the film the character is an A.I created for a similar purpose.
  • Another interpretation of Gaff's origami sheep: "Rachel" is the Hebrew word for "ewe," a female sheep.
  • Gary Oldman and Ed Harris were considered for the role of Wallace before Jared Leto was cast.
  • At one point, the prostitute Mariette remarks about K's holographic girlfriend Joi, "Oh I see, you don't like real girls." Ryan Gosling starred in Lars and the Real Girl (2007), about a man's relationship with a sex doll he ordered on the Internet.
  • At one point in the movie, Mariette (Mackenzie Davis) says "more human than humans", referring to Replicants. In Blade Runner (1982), when Eldon Tyrell (Joe Turkel) meets Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) he says "more human than human" referring to Replicants, as slogan of Tyrell Corp.
  • The greenhouses at Sapper Morton's farm bear the word "Tselina". This is a Russian word and is a reference to Khrushchev's "Virgin Lands" campaign (Osvoyeniye Tselina) in the Soviet Union where citizens were moved to undesirable and sparely populated lands to start farms and grow food.
  • Mackenzie Davis played Mariette, but when the actress is dressed as herself it's remarkable how she resembles Joi - rather more than does Ana de Armas, when she's dressed as herself. It seems the 'look' for Ana as Joi was based on Mackenzie, who was then made up to look different for Mariette's introduction. This helped make the blending of Joi & Mariette such a remarkable sequence in the movie; since when Mariette is seen later on, she looks more like Joi than she did before.
  • If by looking closely throughout the advertisements that appeared in the film, the only one that appears in both of the films is Coca Cola. Ridley Scott said in an interview, that it is one of the few brands that definitely stand the test of time and in the years to come.
  • Security and secrecy throughout the production was on the high that the producers and filmmakers adopted various measures to prevent leaks to the public such as limiting the amount of behind-the-scenes publicity apart from only an approved Omaze video. To prevent the ending from being leaked, the ending was verbally informed, not included in the soft copy of scripts handed out to actors. Other measures implemented, according to actor Lennie James include: When the script was offered to actors for supporting roles, they were required to decide whether to accept it within 36 hours. The script though was incomplete, mostly the first 20 pages, and a random number of pages that includes their character. In James' case, he was shown the next 20 pages after his last scene. Once an actor accepts the offer, the full script was eventually given. Everyone was subjected to a heavy non-disclosure agreement, with heavy penalties for violation. They were searched at entry points to the sets; hand phones and cameras were forbidden. For each shooting day, the actors were required to sign on the sides of the day when given and again when returning it. They were not allowed to keep it; Failing to do so would result of being not allowed to leave the set at the end of the day. The scripts could only be opened on one device, copied-proof, meaning it can't be copied by any means, and it was set to be deleted automatically after a certain number of hours. In James' case it was nine hours after he completed filming his scenes.
  • Ryan Gosling's full name of his character is "KD9-3.7". Changing numbers by letters, it obtains "KDI-C.G". It's a slight reference for Philip K. Dick, writer of the 1968's novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" that it set the basis for Blade Runner (1982).
  • When K enters the hall where he first meets Deckard, we hear the same bells sounds as when Deckard enters the Bradbury building for the final showdown with Pris and Roy.
  • At some point in the movie Joi says to K "I'll be just like a real girl." Interestingly enough. Ryan Gosling (K) was in a movie called Lars and the Real Girl (a movie that was also about a girl who is not real).
  • The replicant rebel leader Freysa is missing her right eye, which would suggest that she had been retired by a blade runner and had it removed, but survived despite this.
  • The term "Blade Runner" isn't part of the Philip K. Dick 1968's original novel "Do Android Dreams of Electric Sheep?". It's the title of a 1974's novel written by Alan Nourse.
  • Dennis Gassner based the design of Niander Wallace's lair on one of the rooms in Kiyomizu-dera, the famous ancient temple in Kyoto, Japan. The floor type used for the lair is the uguisubari or the nightingale floor, where the noise created alerts a person to a possible intruder.
  • The movie begins in June of 2049, as seen by the onscreen date of K's first baseline exam.
  • According to an interview with editor Joe Walker, the aerials over the abandoned solar farms are shot at a real location, a thermosolar power station near Seville.
  • Niander Wallace is the creator of the newest line of replicants. His first name Niander is a direct hint to the Homo Neandertalensis which is a species of humans sprung of from the Homo species. The homo Neandertalensis lived alongside the Homo Sapiens. The Homo Sapiens turned out to be the more efficient species. The Homo Neandertalis got extinct and Homo Sapiens prevailed. This could imply that Wallace - being a human - is a member of a dying race. The humans (here Homo Neandertalensis) live alongside the replicants (Homo Sapiens) which will eventually outlive their human brothers.
  • The 1998 film "Soldier" was written by David Peoples, who also wrote the screenplay to the original "Blade Runner." Peoples has always maintained that "Soldier" is set in the same universe as "Blade Runner," and "2049" contains at least one subtle nod to "Soldier:" The garbage scows that K sees in the metal wasteland on his way to the sweatshop are nearly identical to the one that deposited Todd (the protagonist of "Soldier," played by Kurt Russell) onto the off-world colony Arcadia, the primary setting of the 1998 film. Since "2049" happens over a decade after "Soldier," the scows are have minor modifications - though they are immediately recognizable to the eagle-eyed viewer.
  • The Wallace Corp alert is from the orchestra 'Peter and the Wolf'. In this symphonic fairy tale, instruments mimic animals, like replicants mimic humans in Blade Runner 2049; the lifeless imitate the living.
  • Joshi, the superior to whom K reports, means simply "boss" or "superior" in Japanese.
  • Jared Leto described the opportunity to be part of Blade Runner 2049 (2017) to be a great honor as being a fan of the original 1982 film at CinemaCon 2017 Leto elaborated on how Blade Runner (1982) influenced his life due to the film's cinematography, art direction, directing, music, and acting.

Spoilers

  • According to one of the film's producers, Ridley Scott, Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Rick Deckard from Blade Runner (1982). Scott talked about the sequel's story and what involvement Ford will have as he went on to say: "We talked at length about what it could be, and came up with a pretty strong three-act storyline, and it all makes sense in terms of how it relates to the first one. Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it's about finding him; he comes in in the third act."
  • When K enters a building to find Deckard, the sign above the door reads, in reverse, "Haeng Un". This is Korean for "Good Luck". Cityspeak was comprised of many languages, including Korean.
  • The movie shares some similarities with Harrison Ford's earlier film Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). Both movies revolve around characters who are eagerly looking for someone: Blade Runner 2049 centers around Officer K (Ryan Gosling) as he searches for Rick Deckard, who has been missing for 30 years, while in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) Han Solo (Ford), Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega) set out to find Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) whom had disappeared after his failure to found a new Jedi Order. This film also addresses Deckard's search for his long-lost child, which is also a common theme with Star Wars, where Han Solo tried to reconnect with his estranged son after many years.
  • While filming, Jared Leto wore contact lenses that completely restricted his vision. This was to aid him in getting into the mindset of playing a blind character, Niander Wallace.
  • Harrison Ford (Rick Deckard), Edward James Olmos (Gaff) and Sean Young (Rachael) are the only actors to reprise their roles from the original Blade Runner (1982).
  • Harrison Ford doesn't appear on screen until 1 hour and 40 minutes into the movie.
  • With her age at the time of filming (57 year old), Sean Young does not appear directly in the movie, but her character (the young Rachael) is recalled firstly with a picture and upgraded footage from Blade Runner (1982), and secondly played by a performance double (Loren Peta). Young was brought in personally to train Peta in reproducing Rachael's characteristic gait and mannerisms from the first movie. The scenes were filmed with minimal crew and in total secrecy, and Young's contribution was purposely denied in media campaigns. In fact, perhaps as misdirection, Young had previously revealed that she wasn't asked by the producers (including Ridley Scott) to appear in the film, and even requested fans to boycott the movie if she was not in it.
  • Warning, also contains spoilers for Drive (2011). K's last scene shares many similar details with Driver's last scene in Drive (2011). Both characters were played by Ryan Gosling.
  • In the bible, Rachel gave birth to Joseph who is sold into slavery and later becomes an important patriarch of Israel. "Joe" is the name Joi suggests for K.
  • After saying Deckard has retired, Gaff makes an origami sheep. This is of course a reference to the original source novel 'Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?' In that book, Deckard is saving for a real sheep for his wife, and muses that an android might hope for a manufactured animal. It is also a reference to Gaff's habit of making tiny origami sculptures out of little pieces of paper in the first film.
  • In the scene where Mariette wakes up the morning after being with K, she sees the little wooden horse standing upright on the side table. The light let in from the window casts a shadow from the horse onto the table, which resembles none other than a unicorn.
  • Deckard's first words to K are "You mightn't happen to have a piece of cheese about you," a quote from "Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson. In a deleted scene from the original Blade Runner (1982), Deckard visits Holden in the hospital and finds him reading Treasure Island.
  • Both this movie and the original use eyes as a recurring motif: in the original Blade Runner the second shot is an extreme closeup of an eye. This is the first shot of Blade Runner 2049. In the original Blade Runner Roy and Leon visit Chew, the engineer who designed the Nexus 6 replicant's eyes. In Blade Runner 2049 the Nexus 8 replicants are identified by their eyes. Eldon Tyrell wears very large glasses and is murdered by Roy by having his skull crushed through his eyes. Niander Wallace is blind and relies on miniature drones to see.
  • The tree in the photograph bears a resemblance to the logo of the Ladd Company, one of the producers of the original Blade Runner. Although the company's distinctive logo - a stylized computer rendering of a tree - was used on 14 movies the logo has long been associated with Blade Runner, much as MGM's rare stylized lion is associated with 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • A scene features a malfunctioning hologram of the late Elvis Presley going in and out playing a song. While heard only in brief intervals, the song playing ("Suspicious Minds") contains lyrical content that closely match the events of the movie.
  • Throughout the movie Niander Wallace and Luv call replicants "angels". It's a nod for Blade Runner (1982), in a scene where Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) said: "Fiery the angels fell; deep thunder rolled around their shores; burning with the fires of Orc". This is in turn a misquotation from (William Blake)'s poem "America" which reads, "Fiery the angels rose, and as they rose deep thunder roll'd. Around their shores: indignant burning with the fires of Orc."
  • The name of the casino that Deckard is living in is "Vintage Casino." This would explain the analog roulette tables, as well as the old-school showroom with the Elvis Presley and showgirls holograms, and the jukebox with a Frank Sinatra hologram.
  • Jared Leto's character Niander Wallace is blind. Not only is this a reference to Oedipus Rex who blinds himself upon learning that he has had sex with his creator, but Niander Wallace's predecessor Dr. Eldon Tyrell had his eyes gouged out by a replicant in search of its/his creator.
  • Ryan Gosling (K) and Jared Leto (Niander Wallace) don't share a scene.
  • Rachael dying sometime after the events of the original movie had previously been used in the 1995 follow-up novel "Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human." The main plot point of replicants procreating naturally had previously been used in the 1996 follow-up novel "Blade Runner: Replicant Night."
  • When K asks why Gaff believed Deckard was always going to end up leaving society, Gaff said "it was something in his eyes." This alludes to the running theory that Deckard is a replicant: in the original Blade Runner (1982), the Voight-Kampff test used to identify replicants focused intensely on the subject's eyes and pupil responses.
  • The original police spinner from the first movie is briefly seen when Deckard runs towards it to escape once Luv has discovered where he is hiding.
  • The initials of the wooden animals in Deckard's home spell Rachel's name - Rhinoceros, Antelope, Cat, Horse, Elephant, Lion.
  • The music that activates Joi consists of the opening notes of Sergey Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf," a piece in which music (an artistic creation) represents different organic living creatures - a similar situation to Joi herself.
  • Full name of Ryan Gosling's character is KD9-3.7. Changing numbers by letters, it obtains "KDI-C.K". It's a hidden nod for Philip K. Dick, writer of the 1968's novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" which eventually was the basis for Blade Runner (1982).
  • 6.10.21 is engraved on the root of the tree under which Rachel has been buried and on the foot of the wooden horse toy as a hint of both of the birthday of the "special" child and the date of death of Rachel. "Blade Runner:2049" has been released on 6.10.17 (dd/mm/year date form in Europe) just ten years and one day after (5.10.2007) "Blade Runner: final cut" premiered in Los Angeles and New York.
  • Final scene in the snow was using "Tears in Rain" theme from the original. Referencing Roy's death scene.
  • The default ringtone music is from Sergey Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf", a possible clue that the whole world is a fairy tale. At the end of that fable the wolf is caught and kept in a zoo, but the duck it had swallowed whole can still be heard quacking from within the wolf's belly.
  • A visual effects company worked for a full year on the scene where Rachael (Sean Young) appears exactly as she did 35 years ago in Blade Runner (1982). Stand-in actress Loren Peta acted out the scene, and her appearance was changed through computer-generated visual effects to resemble Young. Rachael's voice was provided by a sound double. Director Denis Villeneuve purposely limited the amount of Rachael's shots and gave the visual effects team ample time to work, in order to avoid the criticism that the digitally recreated Carrie Fisher and Peter Cushing in Rogue One (2016) had drawn. He said that the result was "mesmerizing".
  • Agent K's companion is a childlike beauty. The book sitting on his side table is by Nabokov who famously wrote the story of Lolita, the child beauty.
  • Twin Sister While researching the DNA found on the baby's sock, K discovers the existence of faked twins (one male & one female child with the same DNA code). The sister of the two is supposed to have died in the orphanage. Philip K. Dick, author of "Do androids dream of electric sheep", had a twin sister that died shortly after birth.
  • Tears in Rain The theme that plays during the flight to the orphanage (probably marking the beginning of the second act), is a musical variation on the famous "Tears in Rain" melody by Vangelis, preparing us for the original that plays out during the ending scene.
  • Body count: 9 (in chronological order: Sapper Morton, Coco, unnamed female New Model Replicant, Lieutenant Joshi, 3 Wallace security agents, Rachael's clone and Luv; 10 counting K, since his ending is left ambiguous). Discounting Joi, this is not a body, whatsoever, that's the point of the giant projection.
  • The movie includes subtle references to the myth of Troy: -Wallace is blind like Homer was believed to be, who wrote about the myth. -Rachel's autopsy shows she broke her ilium bone. Ilium is the Latin for Ilion, the other name of Troy (hence Homer's title "Iliad"). -K's wooden horse is reminiscent of the Trojan horse, also made of wood. -(STRONG SPOILER) Ana Stelline is a Trojan horse herself since she is in the middle of the system (providing replicants with memories) and will lead the replicants' uprising. -Additional note: the names "K" and "Joe" for the hero are references to Kafka ("The Trial", "The Castle"), as noted elsewhere.
  • The book K is reading, Vladimir Nabokov's PALE FIRE, is thematically relevant (in addition to supplying the text for his baseline). It is structured as an elaborate commentary to a poem, while the new film is an elaborate commentary on the themes of its predecessor. More tellingly, the author of the commentary, whose name also begins with K (Kinbote), believes he is secretly of exalted parentage, a belief which is almost certainly delusional.
  • The female child is listed as having died of "Galatian Syndrome." In occasional popular Christian theology, "Galatian Syndrome" is an error some Christians make by behaving as the Galatians did (as described in Paul's letter chastising them). The Galatians had come to believe in justification by the works of the law in addition to justification by faith in Christ, which is to say, in salvation via good deeds in addition to (or instead of) having received the Holy Spirit. In the world of Blade Runner, this would be analogous to judging the worth of replicants by their ability to behave as humans (showing empathy and free will) rather than by their innate nature.
  • Only 4 humans characters appear in this movie: Rick Deckard (if believed to be human) (Harrison Ford), Lieutenant Joshi (Robin Wright), Niander Wallace (Jared Leto), and Gaff (Edward James Olmos). Far more characters who appear are replicants, not humans.
  • A theme of naturally bad human nature is commonly present in this film. One of the most prominent references is how Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a replicant, shows more purpose and emotion than all other humans throughout the movie. Officer K even denies orders, showing him to be more human than other humans in the movie
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