With just over two months until the release of Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, Vanity Fair has revealed that Hans Zimmer will write additional music for the sci-fi sequel. Zimmer is possibly the most famous composer in the industry, having worked with some of the greatest directors including Christopher Nolan.
Denis Villeneuve initially enlisted the help of his usual composer Jóhann Jóhannsson for the highly-anticipated Blade Runner sequel. Jóhannsson worked on the director’s previous movies Arrival, Prisoners, and Sicario, all of which were highly praised. While Zimmer is now scoring the project, it seems Jóhannsson is still involved. The report claims that instead of replacing Jóhannsson, Zimmer is simply adding “additional music” to the film.
While it’s not unheard of, it is unusual for composers to change this close to the release date. Until the film is in theatres, we won’t truly know how much of the score will be influenced by Hans Zimmer.
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.
From executive producer Ridley Scott and director Denis Villeneuve, Blade Runner 2049 stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana De Armas, MacKenzie Davis, Sylvia Hoeks, Lennie James, Carla Juri, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista and Jared Leto.