Blade Runner’s Sequel Just Released Its First Concept Image, And It’s Awesome

It's understandable when upcoming movies try to spoil as little as possible to the public about what's coming, but few have gone the same lengths as Blade Runner 2 to keep secrets. With the exception of actor announcements, the sequel has barely released any information about what to expect, be it plot details or new characters. Fortunately, the production has finally thrown fans a bone by releasing cool concept art showing off the setting of the follow-up to the 1982 movie.

One of the few things we've learned about Blade Runner 2 is that it takes place approximately 30 years after Blade Runner, placing it somewhere around 2049. Now it's been revealed that the follow-up will once again be set in Los Angeles, but this version of the city is spread across most of the West Coast and has seen better days. According to director Denis Villeneuve, the climate is out of control, leading to the oceans, rain and snow being toxic. Yikes!

Obviously those aren't ideal circumstances for the citizens, meaning that they have to take drastic action in order to survive. You'll notice a tank-like vehicle driving through the streets on the left side of the picture. That is a hovering snow blower that destroys snow, thus making sure people can safely drive down the streets through this horrible weather. As Villeneuve put it to EW:

It's a Canadian wet dream!

There's another piece of concept art within the actual article showing a higher view of the city, and it looks just as dank and desolate as it did 34 years ago. While the concept art helps us visualize what Blade Runner 2 will look like, it doesn't answer any of our questions about what the story will be about. The sequel will reunite moviegoers with Harrison Ford's William Deckard, but it remains to be seen how he'll be reintroduced or what he's been up to for all these years. The movie's cast also includes Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Barkhad Abdi, David Dastmalchian and more, but none of their characters have been disclosed. Still, if you were a fan of the first movie's sci-fi noir tone and the Replicants who looked just like humans, the next movie will provide more of that and then some.

The Blade Runner sequel kicked off principal photography earlier this month in Budapest, and will hit theaters on October 6, 2017. Let us know what you think of the concept art in the comments below.

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