‘Blade Runner 2049’ film to come with virtual reality experiences

Follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic is expected in 2017

It has been announced that Blade Runner 2049 will come with ‘virtual reality experiences’.

The upcoming sequel to sci-fi classic Blade Runner was recently given its title. The follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1982 movie is being directed by Denis Villeneuve, with Scott taking a backseat as executive producer.

The cast includes Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Robin Wright, Carla Juri, Ana de Armas, Hiam Abbass, David Dastmalchian, Mackenzie Davis, Sylvia Hoeks and Dave Bautista.

Variety reports that the film will be exclusively distributed with bonus virtual reality experiences from Oculus, the VR company owned by Facebook.

Blade Runner has always pushed the boundaries of cinema, visionary art, design and story and bringing the sequel to this beloved sci-fi property to VR gives us an opportunity to push those boundaries further,” says Oculus head of experiences Colum Slevin.

“We look forward to giving audiences a new way to experience this iconic title in an entirely new and reimagined way.”

The title suggests that the sequel takes place 30 years after the events of the original, which was set in 2019.

The idea for the sequel was devised by Scott and Hampton Fancher, co-writer of the original. Scott has previously revealed that Ford’s iconic character Rick Deckard will not appear in the entirety of Blade Runner 2, saying: “Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it’s about finding him; he comes in in the third act.”

Details about the plot are scarce but Villeneuve has said that it will take place in a future Los Angeles. Earlier this year, concept art for the film gave fans a first glimpse of the upcoming film’s dystopian metropolis setting.

Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, whose Theory of Everything score was nominated for an Academy Award has been chosen to score Blade Runner 2049.