The new Blade Runner 2049 trailer hints at a "war" between Replicants and humans (plus a Prometheus Easter egg)

Can Blade Runner 2049 - helmed by the man who directed Arrival, and starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford - be as good as the original sci-fi classic? Well heck, I dunno, the movie's not even out yet. But judging by this new trailer, it's certainly got a lot going for it.

The visuals are striking, from seeing a Replicant being "born" to the hazy neon megalopolis of Los Angeles. The music is on-point too - synthetic and unsettling, even a little alien. But of course the real draws here are the plot threads we're given.

Someone who appears to be Gosling's boss warns that, "The world is built on a wall that separates kind. Tell either side there's no wall, you bought a war." Clearly she's referring to Replicants and humans (right?), but what's with this metaphorical wall? And then there's the fact that Ford's character Deckard clearly doesn't want to be found, and ominous musings about how "special" Gosling is and how there's "still a page left".

Oh, and did you catch the Prometheus Easter egg near the beginning? Sure looks like an Engineer in one of those tanks, doesn't it? I say bring on the analysis and speculation.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Jared Leto, Mackenzie Davis, Barkhad Abdi, and Harrison Ford, Blade Runner 2049 will be released in cinemas on October 6, 2017.

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