– by Nick Doll

Blade Runner 2049 is finally coming to theaters this fall, thirty-five years after the original film. Harrison Ford returns as Rick Deckard in the movie, directed by Arrival‘s Denis Villeneuve. But, there’s a new blade runner in town, played by Ryan Gosling. Joining him are other newcomers Jared Leto and Robin Wright, but most exciting is the inclusion of Dave Bautista. The US wrestling champion turned actor has made memorable appearances in both Guardians of the Galaxy films and Spectre, but now, he too is heading to Los Angeles in the year 2049.

AFB had a chat with Bautista, who made this startling claim:

“I think it’s going to be — and this is hard to say because I know I’m going to get some grief for this — I think it’s going to be better than the first film.”

Bautista went on to dig himself a little deeper into that hole:

“And I’m saying that because I think the script is better, it’s deeper. I think it’s a better story, I think it’s told in a better way, and I think it just answers a lot of questions. It’s going to be great.”

There’s no denying that the trailer for Blade Runner 2049 is impressive, capturing the look and feel of the original 1982 film all while updating the universe by thirty years. But can it really be better than the first, perhaps one of the best sci-fi movies in a decade full of memorable franchises? We’ll allow Bautista one more thought:

“Visually, you are stepping back into that world. You’re going to be reintroduced to Deckard. The cast is absolutely amazing and I can tell you the script is super deep and really beautiful.”

You certainly can’t make a good movie without a solid script, so at least Bautista is focusing on what could truly make the film great. Though, with a film as classic as Blade Runner, even if the sequel is better, it is hard to overcome decades worth of expectations and nostalgia. At the very least, Bautista should be fantastic in the film. After all, Spectre was a huge disappointment, but Bautista ended up being the highlight of that 007 adventure. And who doesn’t love Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy?

You’ve seen the trailer, do you think Blade Runner 2049 has the potential to be better than the original? Or am I giving the first Blade Runner too much credit? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

Blade Runner 2049 hits the big screen on October 6, 2017. No, you don’t need to wait until 2049 to see it…

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