Ryan Gosling put in a brief appearance at the 2017 CinemaCon, joining Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Motion Picture Group President Tom Rothman on stage at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to reveal the first footage from Blade Runner 2049. The long-awaited, much-anticipated Blade Runner sequel is set to hit theaters on October 6, 2017 and stars Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, and Jared Leto. Gosling, who looked casual on stage wearing a hoodie and jeans, was a toddler when Blade Runner was released and saw the movie for the first time when he was 13.
Gosling recalled he watched all the movies that stole from Blade Runner before he actually watched the 1982 film itself. He says he was blown away by Ridley Scott’s film and admitted it was surreal to be walking around in the Blade Runner universe as the star of Blade Runner 2049. “I can’t believe that I’m a part of it,” said Gosling, adding that the every location, every set was real. Gosling says the environment was “rich with detail” and that every prop actually worked. Because it was real, it was easier for the cast to concentrate on the internal world of the characters rather than worrying about the setting.
“I was just blown away by how influential this film had been, not only in film but in my reality as well. It’s quite a prophetic film in so many ways,” stated Gosling, calling his experience on the set special.
Tom Rothman revealed part of the film is set in Las Vegas, a reveal that shocked Gosling who couldn’t believe Rothman gave away something specific from the movie. “I’m not even sure I’m allowed to say I had a good time making it,” joked Gosling.
Gosling delivered his best line of the night when introducing the trailer for Blade Runner 2049. “Prepare to start going steady with the edge of your seats!”
The Blade Runner 2049 Plot: 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.
Ryan Gosling Interview Backstage at CinemaCon – Courtesy of Sony Pictures: