'Blade Runner 2049' Shorts Fill the Gaps Between Original Film and Sequel

Blade Runner 2049 comes out in theaters this Friday, but before you watch the film I highly suggest you watch the three short films Warner Bros. has produced that fill in the gaps between the first film and this one. The original Blade Runner took place in 2019 so there's roughly 30 years between the films, and a lot has happened.

The first short, titled "2036: Nexus Dawn" focuses on Jared Leto's Niander Wallace as he introduces a new line of Replicants for approval; the Nexus-8. We also see Benedict Wong make a brief cameo appearance as one of the heads in charge of approving Wallace's new model. In the next short, "Nowhere to Run," we get a glimpse of Dave Bautista's Sapper Morton's backstory before he meets Ryan Gosling's Officer "K" in Blade Runner 2049. Both "Nexus Dawn" and "Nowhere to Run" were directed by Luke Scott. Lastly, "Black Out 2022" is an animated short that goes into the blackout event of 2022 that is referenced in the film. It is directed by Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo's Shinichiro Watanabe.

Having seeing Blade Runner 2049, I recommend you watch all three befordhand. The film is heavily storydriven, and while the shorts aren't necessary to understand what is going on, they do provide a better context to the overall story. You can watch all three below:

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