In the original Blade Runner, of course, the replicants' lifespan is quite limited. But we meet replicants in the sequel who are (at least) twenty some odd years old, and possibly older. In particular,

Sapper seems to be in his late forties - Dave Batista, who plays him, is 48.

Presumably, the lifespan limit was engineered out of the replicants,

beginning with Rachel.

So were these replicants simply created around the same time, in their mid-twenties?

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    Well to begin with replicants are always created with some apparent age in mind and "birthed" at full size, already at that visible age. Dec 4, 2017 at 18:47
  • @Z.Cochrane what's the reference for that assertion?
    – Andres F.
    Feb 13, 2020 at 1:11
  • @AndresF. We see one being birthed and she's adult sized. In the original, the replicants were of various "ages", but they all had a four year lifespan. (in my comment "always" meant of all the examples we know about) Feb 13, 2020 at 19:20
  • @Z.Cochrane cool, thanks for the answer. That scene must be from the sequel because I don't remember it (and dislike the sequel). In the original I don't think there is any indication of how "old" they are birthed (in the novel they are androids, so they are presumably built at their final apparent age).
    – Andres F.
    Feb 13, 2020 at 19:55

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According to Black Out 2022 Sapper Morton was incepted (birthed) in 2019. By the time of Blade Runner 2049 his actual age is 30, Wallace having long since solved the problem of short replicant lifespans.

We've see other replicants being decanted as full adults, so there's no good reason to assume that this wasn't the case with him and his fellow combat models.

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Notably, Villeneuve had his character pegged as being in his 60's, which suggests that he was decanted at a relative age of around 30.

Dave Bautista was recruited to play the old Nexus model, made for hard labor, war, and battle. “I needed someone who could play a giant, but a gentle giant,” recalls Denis Villeneuve. “Sapper needed to be benevolent, but also potentially very dangerous. Dave gave the character a sense of melancholy and vulnerability, so when you first see him, you feel empathy for him." Bautista wasn’t an obvious choice for the role, however. The character was written as a 60-year old Replicant, but Dave Bautista was much younger. “I flew out from Atlanta to meet Denis Villeneuve and right off the bat he tells me, ‘I hate to tell you, but you’re too young for this role.’ Through my experience in Hollywood, I’ve been told I’m too big or too old, never that I was too young.”

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