Its release date is still five months away, but Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling and director Denis Villeneuve got together for a “Blade Runner 2049” Facebook Live Q&A answering fans’ most-burning questions about the highly-anticipated sci-fi sequel before premiering the film’s first full trailer.
Set 30 years after the events of Ridley Scott’s classic 1982 “Blade Runner”, Gosling takes on the role of Officer K, a new blade runner who unearths a buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. Officer K’s discovery leads him into a quest to find blade runner Rick Deckard (with Ford reprising his original role) who has been missing for 30 years.
“We are still exploring the themes of memories and empathy. That’s the deeper tissues of where the movie evolves. What the movie’s about in relationship of what it means to be human,” Villeneuve says, with Ford acknowledging the new film is “talking about both the benefit of technology and the social consequences of it.”
Returning to the role after a 35-year absence was a draw for Ford, given the way Deckard was presented in the sequel.
“The character is woven into the story in a way that intrigued me,” he says, explaining. “There’s a very strong emotional context and the relationship between the character Deckard that I play and other characters, I found fascinating. It’s interesting to develop a character after a period of time… it was a very gratifying experience.”
For the actors, working together on the sequel was part of the film’s draw.
“He has an original emotional intelligence about these things and it was really a pleasure for me to work with him. I never knew what I was gonna get which is a good thing. Your instinct goes towards what you’ve seen, what you have an expectation of and it was always a pleasure to weave our stuff together,” Ford says of Gosling. Ford’s first scene with the Canadian actor was a memorable one.
“It was a scene about history that transpired between the last time you saw the character and how you see him now and they reference between the two characters, and it was unexpectedly deep, emotionally deep, and really rich,” he says. “It was the first scene we had together that was complex and sort of out there.”
Gosling says that Ford was a presence on the “Blade Runner 2049” set, even when he wasn’t physically present.
“[Denis] would sometimes to remind me, ‘Let’s just imagine Harrison is sitting in the corner watching this. Would he be happy?'” the actor explains. “When he finally arrived it was such a relief. He just rolled up his sleeves and got to work.”
“He was so gracious with us and such a great partner that I really felt that the movie finally began,” says Gosling.
To top off their in-depth Facebook Live conversation, the brand new “Blade Runner 2049” trailer debuted online, giving fans their first look at Jared Leto’s villain.