Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 has officially been rated R – just like its predecessor. Arriving in theaters 35 years after Ridley Scott’s groundbreaking Blade Runner, the anticipated sequel tells the story of Officer K, a new Blade Runner in the LAPD who uncovers a secret that has the potential to throw what remains of society in disarray. K’s quest leads him to meeting up with original Blade Runner protagonist Rick Deckard, who has been missing for several decades.

Despite much of the followup’s story being heavily guarded by secrecy, Villeneuve has been open about the immense pressure he feels adding to the legacy of something so beloved, challenging himself to honor what came ...

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