‘Blade Runner 2049’ Prequel Short Gives Dave Bautista ‘Nowhere to Run’
A couple of weeks ago, Warner Bros. released the first in a trilogy of short prequel films for Blade Runner 2049. Set in 2036, that short introduced us to Jared Leto’s enigmatic antagonist Niander Wallace. The second prequel short dropped today, and it gives us a little background on another new character: Sapper, played by Dave Bautista, who gets to put some of those famous pro-wrestling skills to use in Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming sequel to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic.
iTunes Trailers debuted the new short, titled “Nowhere to Run,” which is set just one year before the upcoming sequel:
The prequel shorts were all directed by Luke Scott, son of original Blade Runner director (and sequel producer) Ridley Scott. The younger Scott, who also helmed the prequel shorts for Alien: Covenant, made his feature debut with last year’s sci-fi thriller Morgan.
Honestly, the latest short isn’t as interesting as the first, but it does firmly establish Bautista’s Sapper as one of the good guys (or good replicants, maybe). After sharing a sweet moment with a young girl, he returns to rescue her from a vague group of bad guys by beating the crap out of them. But the short doesn’t really reveal anything, nor does it feel vital to Blade Runner 2049. Hopefully the third is better.