I was super excited to see the new Blade Runner 2049 trailer released this week, partially because I was curious to see how much if any actual running Harrison Ford would actually be doing.
Okay, don’t look at me like you weren’t wondering exactly the same thing.
Turns out, there was more than one item to discuss in this latest look into our dark futures.
First, Mr. Ford does do a bit of a hustle at the 1:41 mark, which incidentally was not bad for a 75-year-old man. Next, Jared Leto’s Wallace character is sufficiently creepy with those cataract contact lenses. And apparently you make the future even more futuristic with 3-story-tall, sexed up holograms – who knew?
But what is really giving the fan girls and boys fits is the possible Easter egg at the 15-second mark.
If you’re like me and load up your calendar as soon as possible, with all the upcoming movie releases you can’t wait to see, then you’re already well aware that both Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant and Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 are being released this year and you likely also know that both franchises started off as Ridley Scott films.
Both sci-fi classics deal with the idea of androids, and there are various little hints throughout Scott’s work that suggest both films may actually exist within the same universe.
For example back in 2012 some eagle-eyed fans noticed that a bonus feature attached to Prometheus, plucked from Peter Weyland’s diary, seems to link Weyland to Eldon Tyrell, the Blade Runner character responsible for creating the Replicants.
But this week fans believe they spotted an Engineer from Alien prequel Prometheus in the new Blade Runner 2049 trailer, and having slo-mo’d through it several times already, I tend to agree. Towards the beginning of the trailer, we see several humanoid-like beings in glass cases, presumably inside the walls of the Tyrell Corporation – and one of them sure looks a whole hell of a lot like an Engineer.
Check out the 15-second mark:
What does it mean?
Probably nothing except to give us more reasons to virally promote both films. But still, kind of cool don’t you think?
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