After the release of Blade Runner 2049 four years ago blew the doors wide open for a franchise, rumours of brand new projects have sprung up from all across the industry, with the anime series, Blade Runner: Black Lotus recently receiving its very first trailer.
Based on Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi epic Blade Runner, itself based on Phillip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, the brand new anime series will expand on the ethos of the dystopian future in which androids and humans coexist, indistinguishable from each other.
The brand new series follows Elle (the voice of Jessica Henwick), a female android, or ‘replicant’, created for a mysterious, unknown purpose. Discovering new details about her past and future, whilst possessing masterful skills in fighting with a katana, the series will take place following the short film Blade Runner: Black Out that premiered in front of Blade Runner 2049.
Previously teasing the return of “some familiar characters” from the franchise, the shows’ producers include the likes of Ridley Scott as well as the Blackout director Shinichirō Watanabe. The project will be directed by Shinji Arakmaki and Kenji Kamiyama, the same directors behind Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2045, with Adult Swim and Crunchyroll distributing the 13-episode programme.
Cast members include Will Yun Lee, American Beauty’s Wes Bentley, Captain Phillips’ Barkhad Abdi as well as Brian Cox, who is also set to star in Succession series three for HBO later this year.
Watch the new trailer below.