BLADE RUNNER 2049 Prequel Short Introduces Jared Leto’s Niander Wallace August 29, 2017 The good folk over at Collider have got their hands on the first of three short films that aim to fill in the timeline between Ridley Scott’s original sci-fi noir and the forthcoming ‘Blade Runner 2049.’ Directed by Luke Scott, ‘2036: Nexus Dawn’ finds Niander Wallace (Jared Leto) debating the prohibition of Replicant technology, which has been shut down since 2023. Using upgraded genetic engineering, Wallace aims to produce a new model of replicants that are more obedient and easier to control than their predecessors. Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. BLADE RUNNER 2049 – Irish Release Date October 6, 2017.