Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling and Denis Villeneuve were on hand at Hall H while a hologram Jared Leto introduced the show.
San Diego Comic-Con was transformed into 2049 Los Angeles at Hall H on Saturday as the cast and crew of Blade Runner 2049 took the stage.
The panel opened with the “Tears in the Rain” monologue from the original, followed by a timeline that connected the original Blade Runner to 2049. Some of the dates went as follows:
2023: Replicant prohibition takes effect.
2025: Wallace Corporation helps solve the world food shortage.
2030: Wallace helps legislation repealing replicant prohibition.
2049: Thirty years after Deckard and Rachel escaped, Los Angeles has changed dramatically. Humans who can’t afford to get to offworld colonies are left behind. Society is divided between two classes: replicant and humans.
Jared Leto showed up in a hologram in pink pants and powder-blue shirt to introduce the panel, promising the film is the “sequel we have been waiting for.” Leto then disappeared to “oohs” and “aahs” from the crowd as the cast and crew walked out for the panel.
On hand for the presentation were stars Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling (at Comic-Con for the first time), as well as director Denis Villeneuve.
“I didn’t want someone else to fuck it up,” said Villeneuve about taking on the challenge of directing the project. “It is my favorite movie of all time.”
The original Blade Runner director, Ridley Scott, mainly left Villeneuve alone during the filming, letting him make his own story.
Footage was then introduced in which Gosling’s Blade Runner goes into Wallace Corp. and gets a tour of the facilities. Gosling is given a memory to watch, which turns out to be audio from the replicant test between Deckard and Rachel in the original movie.
In the audience Q&A section, the last question was asked to Ford: “Is your life goal to reboot every major franchise you have been in?”
“You bet your ass it is!” Ford assured the crowd.