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'Bladerunner 2049' Trailer Signals Franchise's Return

More than three decades since Harrison Ford stalked a dystopian Los Angeles that would set the visual tone for a generation of science fiction films, "Bladerunner" is getting a sequel.

The first teaser trailer for "Bladerunner 2049" was released on Dec. 19, giving fans a glimpse of the familiar fog-and-neon drenched future L.A. as Harrison Ford's character, Rick Deckard, describes his job as a blade runner -- a police officer charged with hunting down and killing rogue robots.

"Replicants are like any other machine," Ford intones, describing the androform machines that are almost indistinguishable from humans. "They're either a benefit or a hazard. If they're a benefit, it's not my problem."

With the success of HBO's "Westworld," another chapter of Ridley Scott's 1982 masterpiece seems timely -- "Bladerunner" pioneered the "robots who look identical to humans" idea in modern cinema with its replicants. Like "Westworld's" machine hosts, some of "Bladerunner's" replicants weren't aware they were machines, and both stories wrestle with the morality of man becoming god by creating new life.

The trailer cuts from future L.A. to a wasteland, where Officer K (Ryan Reynolds) approaches the ruined husk of a building -- the former headquarters of android manufacturer Tyrell Corporation.

Inside, he's greeted by an aged Deckard, whose hand shakes as he points a gun at K.

"I had your job once," Deckard says. "I was good at it."

K turns to regard Deckard.

"Things were simpler then," he says.

The short trailer had already amassed almost 800,000 views in the 10 hours since it was posted by Warner Bros. Pictures, and social networks buzzed with excitement over the return of the beloved science fiction franchise. The original "Bladerunner" sits atop more than its share of best-ever science fiction movie lists, and the novel it's based on, Philip K. Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" is considered a genre classic.

Denis Villeneuve ("Arrival," "Sicario") will direct the film, with Scott as an executive producer. "Bladerunner 2049" is set for an Oct. 6, 2017 release.

Sources: Rolling Stone, Warner Bros./YouTube / Photo credit: Warner Bros./YouTube

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