‘Blade Runner 2049’ Will Be Rated R, Director Confirms

Ryan Gosling joins Harrison Ford in long-awaited sequel

Last Updated: December 21, 2016 @ 8:10 AM

“Blade Runner 2049” will follow in the steps of the original film, with director Denis Villeneuve stating that the sequel will be R-rated just like the original.

“My producers are finding it fun to remind me that it will be one of the most expensive R-rated independent feature films ever made,” Villeneuve told Screen Daily.

The sequel, written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, is set several decades after Ridley Scott’s 1982 original, which Fancher also had a hand in writing. The movies are based on Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.”

Alcon Entertainment also released the official plot synopsis of the film along with the teaser trailer: 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” starred Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young and Edward James Olmos. The film depicted a dystopian Los Angeles in which genetically-engineered human replicants are created by a powerful corporation. Replicants are not permitted on Earth, and those replicants who deny the ban are hunted by police operatives called Blade Runners.

The sequel also stars Ana de Armas, Robin Wright, Jared Leto, Barkhad Abdi, Lennie James, Mackenzie Davis, and Sylvia Hoeks, and will hit theaters on Oct. 6, 2017. Sony Pictures is co-financing the movie with Alcon Entertainment and will distribute it internationally.