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Blade Runner 2049: Exclusive New Look At Ryan Gosling

"I'm having the time of my life on this, but it's insane for sure," director Denis Villeneuve admits in the new issue of Empire (on sale December 29). "Because it is so insane, it gives you freedom. A lot of people on this [film] are children of Blade Runner, raised with the imagination and energy of the original, and have been inspired by those images all our lives."

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Villeneuve, fresh off the success of this year's Arrival, is now putting finishing touches to the much-anticipated sequel Blade Runner 2049, and as you can see from our exclusive image, has brought Ryan Gosling for the new replicant hunt.

Here's the recently-released synopsis for the film: Here's the first official synopsis: 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.

For more on Blade Runner 2049, and about a billion other new films, be sure to have a leaf through our bumper 18-page 2017 preview in the new issue of Empire, arriving in all good and evil newsagents from December 29. Want to get exclusive subscriber-only covers delivered days before everyone else? You’ll want to subscribe to Empire. Blade Runner 2049, meanwhile, fortunately does not arrive in 2049, but October 2017.

Watch the atmospheric first trailer for Blade Runner 2049.

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