Comic-Con: ‘Blade Runner: Black Lotus’ Trailer Reveals The Animated ‘2049’ Prequel

One of the most exciting reveals of Comic-Con @ Home yesterday was the trailer for Blade Runner: Black Lotus. The footage was introduced during the panel event, and takes plact at a time between the classic Blade Runner and Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049. The series centers on a previously unknown replicant, Elle (voiced by Iron Fist‘s Jessica Henwick), and the mystery surrounding her creation.

The voice cast from top to bottom is excellent, and includes Samira Wiley, Brian Cox, Wes Bentley, Will Yun Lee, Josh Duhamel, Stephen Root, Barkhad Abdi, Peyton List, Gregg Henry, and Henry Czerny. Damn. The series is is executive produced by Joseph Chou (Starship Troopers: Invasion), and features episodes co-directed by Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama.

It’s clear that Elle is going to have dramatic impact on the world of Blade Runner, and how it evolved so much between movies. I can’t wait. They’ve really captured the look of the films, and Elle’s story looks like it could be perfect for people who are missing out on more Akira: Battle Angel.

Blade Runner: Black Lotus is expected to hit Adult Swim later this year. Check out the trailer and the panel below.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.