In the lead up to Blade Runner 2049, a lot has been seen of new stars Ryan Gosling and Jared Leto as well as returning star Harrison Ford. But aside form taking place in the same world, no other characters from the original have been mentioned or touched up on in the trailer. That won’t be the case in the movie as a very important actor from the original film is returning to reprise their role.
Warning: There may be spoilers ahead.
Judging from the trailer, Rick Deckard seems to be hiding out in a remote place where no one can find him, until Ryan Gosling’s Officer K does. But from early looks, he is alone. What happened to Rachael (Sean Young) you may ask, whom he escaped with at the end of the first film? We don’t know, but she will make an appearance in the film after all.
New York Daily News is reporting that Sean Young has quietly shot some scenes for the movie. In early plans for the film, Young wasn’t included in the story and that didn’t sit well with her. But somewhere along the way, the makers of the movie, including director Dennis Villeneuve and producer Ridley Scott changed their minds and she’s coming back.
In the time since, she has also denied involvement with the film but that was likely done to keep her character’s appearance a surprise.
As for what story her character will follow, that depends on which version of Blade Runner the sequel will follow up. In the original film, replicants are made with a four-year lifespan, but it was hinted that Rachael was different. Where it takes two or three questions from the Voight-Kampff test to figure out if someone is a replicant, it took Deckard over 100 questions to do so with Rachael
The theatrical version also featured a so-called happy ending that strongly suggests Rachael will live longer than four years. But the Director’s Cut and later the Final Cut omit this bit of dialogue, leaving Rachael’s fate in the air.
Luckily, we don’t have to wait too long to find out whatever happened to Rachael. Blade Runner 2049 arrives in theaters October 6.