Humans aren’t the only thing being replicated in “Blade Runner 2049.” There are a number of character parallels between the sci-fi sequel and its 1982 antecedent, including:
THE WORLD-WEARY COP
THEN: Rick Deckard(Harrison Ford)
NOW: K (Ryan Gosling)
Whether it’s 2019 or 2049, “retiring” replicants is a dirty job — but someone’s gotta do it.
THE PERFECT(ED) WOMAN
THEN: Rachael (Sean Young)
NOW: Joi (Ana de Armas)
Deckard found love with replicant Rachael. K finds something close with Joi, a hologram.
THE BIG BOSS
THEN: Tyrell (Joe Turkel)
NOW: Niander Wallace (Jared Leto)
Replicant visionary Tyrell was climactically blinded by one of his creations. Menacing, milky-eyed Wallace is blind, too, but sees big things ahead for his next-gen androids.
THE RAGING REPLICANT
THEN: Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer),
Pris (Daryl Hannah)
NOW: Luv (Sylvia Hoeks)
Eye-gouging Tyrell was just one way that existentially tormented Batty acted out. Luv, Wallace’s replicant gal Friday, appears designed in Rachael mode — until she lets her sadist flag fly. If you thought Pris’s spray-paint eyeliner was cuckoo, wait till you catch Luv’s manicure.
THE POLICE LIEUTENANT
THEN: Bryant (M. Emmet Walsh)
NOW: “Madam” (Robin Wright)
Bryant pushed Deckard around with help from Edward James Olmos’s origami-obsessed deputy. Madam doesn’t need help — she’s not even shy about hitting K with boy-toy overtures.
THE SICKLY GENIUS
THEN: J.F. Sebastian (William Sanderson)
NOW: Dr. Ana Stelline (Carla Juri)
Prematurely aged replicant designer Sebastian lived alone in his spooky apartment with the living toys he created. Immunologically impaired replicant programmer Dr. Stelline lives alone in a sterile bubble with the virtual memories she creates.
THE NOT-SO-GENTLE GIANT
THEN: Leon (Brion James)
NOW: Sapper Morton (Dave Bautista)
Self-preservationist note to Deckard and K: Neither of these palookas likes questions. Case closed.