2036: Nexus Dawn is the first of three short films that will be released for Blade Runner 2049. The short prologue film 2036: Nexus Dawn takes place in the year 2036 and revolves around Niander Wallace, the character portrayed by Jared Leto. According to a Comic-Con teaser video for Blade Runner 2049 and its accompanying website, the United States was crippled by a rolling blackout when an EMP of unknown origins went off in the year 2022.
The original film which came out in 1982, ended fairly ambiguously in the year 2017 when Deckard, played by Harrison Ford, fled to Los Angeles with the replicant Rachael (Sean Young).
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.
Before Blade Runner hits theaters this October, fans may want to check out this new short film that gives a look at what Jared Leto's villainous character could do.
In 30 years a lot has happened in the world of Blade Runner.
2023: A replicant prohibition is put into effect. But while the new class of replicants can think and feel like any other, they're also very much under Wallace's thrall, and he has no qualms with asking them to do some pretty messed-up things. We learn that some sort of food shortage crisis resulted in mass starvation, and Wallace holds patents to the technology which helped cease said crisis. Society is divided between two classes: replicant and humans. The short film, set in 2036, is confusingly out of sync with this timeline.
The first short, which is directed by Ridley's son Luke Scott, has now been released online.