Blade Runner 2049 Short Reveals Backstory for Jared Leto's Wallace

Now thanks to Collider, we can further explore the year 2036, when Niander Wallace unexpectedly introduced his new (and then illegal) line of "Nexus 9" Replicants.

Nexus: 2036, which is directed by Luke Scott, is the first in a trilogy director Denis Villeneuve is presiding over to bridge plot gaps that exist from the end of the 1982 film that starred Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, which was set in 2019. In addition to his scientific breakthroughs, he broke barriers by creating newer, more obedient Replicants.

In "Blade Runner 2049", Ryan Gosling stars as an LAPD officer and nascent blade runner (robot hunter). The short prologue film 2036: Nexus Dawn takes place in the year 2036 and revolves around Niander Wallace, the character portrayed by Jared Leto.

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Even if it is highly anticipated (and dreaded), Blade Runner, 2049 is still a mystery.

In addition to seeing the realistic scale of the new model Replicants, we are getting a glimpse of just how menacing this new villain will be. As the title suggests, the film is set in 2036, halfway between the first film and 2049. The short is an easier watch if you're up to speed on the "Blackout" and the details of how Wallace gained the ability to make replicants in the first place. Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below! Starring in the sci-fi thriller are Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Jared Leto, Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista, Mackenzie Davis and more. The movie also stars Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah, Joanna Cassidy, William Sanderson, M. Emmet Walsh, Joe Turkel, and James Hong.