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Blade Runner anime Black Lotus gets first trailer at SDCC

The series will debut later this year

Blade Runner Black Lotus: A woman looks up at a future blimp Image: Adult Swim
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The newest addition to the Blade Runner universe has a new trailer. Adult Swim and Crunchyroll released the new trailer for Blade Runner: Black Lotus, the show the networks are co-producing, during a special panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2021 on Friday.

Black Lotus takes place in Los Angeles, as most Blade Runner stories do, in the year 2032. This places it in the middle of the original movie, which was set in 2019, and the sequel Blade Runner 2049. The series follows Elle (Jessica Henwick), who seems to be a replicant created for a specific purpose with special powers. It seems she is known as Black Lotus, and somehow escaped the forces that created her. In the trailer we see her on the run and hunted, presumably by at least one Blade Runner, but that’s all the more plot it gives away.

The series will also include Brian Cox (Succession), Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games), Stephen Root (Office Space), and many other recognizable names.

Blade Runner: Black Lotus will run 13 episodes and will be directed by Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) and Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex). The series will be animated by Sola Digital Arts (Ultraman 2019) and produced by Alcon Entertainment. Meanwhile, Shinichiro Watanabe, the legendary director behind series like Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, and Carole & Tuesday, will serve as a creative producer on the series.

Blade Runner: Black Lotus will air on Adult Swim and stream on Crunchyroll when it’s released this fall.