“Your story isn’t over yet. There’s still a page left.”
Those words accompany the final shot in the new trailer for “Blade Runner 2049.” It’s a slow tilt from an open book, which has had pages ripped out of it, to Ryan Gosling’s face. His expression is cryptic; without any real context, it’s hard to read. But he sure looks cool.
So it goes in the promo for the coming sequel to “Blade Runner,” the 1982 futuristic noir directed by Ridley Scott. The trailer for the new movie, which is directed by Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival”), serves up two minutes of footage, and it’s visually splendid — even when it’s not entirely clear what’s going on.
The preview opens with Jared Leto’s character overseeing the gooey birth of a replicant. “Every civilization was built off the back of a disposable work force,” he says, starting to clue us in as to what we’re watching. Everything is a bit washed-out; the only colors that pop are burned oranges and yellows.
Then we’re quickly transported to the smoky, dark environs of dystopian Los Angeles, visuals that were hallmarks of the original film. Mr. Gosling’s character, the blade runner K, moves through a hazy city where even the neon appears to be masked in shadow. The two color palettes alternate for the rest of the trailer, creating an appropriate duality for a movie that’s all about the distinction between humans and their replicant look-alikes.