Like Alien: Covenant, and Prometheus before it, the latest Ridley Scott production is releasing short film prequels, this time via Collider, that tie into the film. Setting up Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, this short titled Nexus: 2036, gives us some hints at the state of the world in the film. Directed by Luke Scott, the short introduces us to Jared Leto’s Niander Wallace, who appears to be one of the film’s central threats. The short may also suggest, albeit subtley, further ties between the Blade Runner and Alien franchises, which is something Scott introduced in the  in the Prometheus Blu-Ray extras. While these shorts likely won’t be must-sees in terms of understanding the film, they are an enjoyable way to further flesh out this universe as the marketing kicks into high-gear.

Blade Runner 2049 will be released on October 6th, 2017.

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