Trailer for “Blade Runner 2049” showcases Roger Deakins’ cinematography


I think it’s safe to say that Blade Runner 2049 is up there as one of 2017’s most anticipated films. Outside of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, you could make the case that nothing tops it. Yesterday, a first full Trailer was dropped for the flick, giving us our best look yet at the sequel. Long gestating sequels to classic movies can be an iffy proposition sometimes, but the talent level involved here certainly is cause for optimism. Above all, it may actually also finally be the project to get legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins his first gold statue. Over a dozen nominations later, he’s still searching for his first win.

The film is, obviously, a sequel to Blade Runner, set 30 years in the future. Here, the protagonist is LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), himself a blade runner. K discovers a secret that could rock the world, leading him to track down the long missing former blade runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford). Having been missing since the events of the original, Deckard is a question mark. K needs him, but to what end? A lot is still mysterious here, but one can only suspect that epic things will be going down. I’m sure a lot remains to be seen, but this still appears to be holding back on the plot. Denis Villeneuve directs a script from Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. Aside from Ford and Gosling, the cast includes Barkhad Abdi, Dave Bautista, Ana de Armas, Carla Juri, Jared Leto, Edward James Olmos, Robin Wright, and more. The aforementioned Roger Deakins handles the cinematography, while the score comes courtesy of Jóhann Jóhannsson.


From the looks of it, Deakins is going to town on this world. The look of the film is pretty compelling. Combining Deakins with Villeneuve could again yield special results. They have worked together three times now, so you know they’re a good match. Throw in production designer Joe Walker and Villeneuve’s team is hard to beat. Deakins looks like the star of the show though, so if we get a worthy sequel to the classic, the possibilities are endless here. Maybe Deakins will finally get his moment in the sun? There’s at least a chance of that happening at this early juncture.

It’s rather premature to think of awards in terms of this flick, but could Blade Runner 2049 be the work that finally gets Deakins his elusive Oscar? If the movie is good, it’ll certainly campaign for Academy Award attention. An across the board effort would be made, in places like Best Picture, Best Director (for Villeneuve), Best Actor (for Gosling), Best Supporting Actor (for Ford), Best Supporting Actress (for Wright), Best Adapted Screenplay (for Fancher and Green), Best Production Design, Best Cinematography (for the aforementioned Deakins), Best Costume Design, Best Makeup & Hairstyling, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Original Score (for Jóhannsson), and Best Visual Effects. Deakins is obviously the trendy pick if this is up to snuff, but we’ll just have to sit tight until the fall. More will be revealed then.


There’s still plenty of time to see how Blade Runner 2049 emerges. An early October release date signals some ambition for awards love, but that remains to be seen. For now, getting a look at this Trailer will have to suffice. You’ll see it momentarily, and be sure to check back in for more on this flick. We’re not done with it yet, not by a long shot. This film undeniably has potential though. Keep a close eye on it and the fall will be here before you know it. Until then, enjoy the Trailer and look out for new predictions on Friday. Perhaps the movie will show up somewhere? You’ll see…

Here now is the Trailer for Blade Runner 2049:

Stay tuned for much more on Blade Runner 2049 between now and its October release date!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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