Denis Villeneuve’s 2015 crime-thriller “Sicario,” about principled FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) enlisted by a government task force assembled by corrupt CIA agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) and his enigmatic partner Alejandro Gillick (Benicio del Toro) to bring down a Mexican cartel, was a critical and commercial success last year, and was nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, and Best Sound Editing Oscars. Now, Deadline reports that Lionsgate and Black Label Media are prepping a sequel to the film called “Soldado,” which will not feature Blunt at all and will exclusively focus on del Toro and Brolin’s characters. Villeneuve will reportedly not return to direct “Soldado,” and instead might be replaced by Italian director Stefano Sollima, who previously created and co-directed the miniseries “Gomorrah,” based on the Roberto Saviano book and the Matteo Garrone film of the same name. Howeve,r “Sicario” screenwriter Taylor Sheridan will return to write the sequel, which will again set its sights on border smuggling.
Benicio del Toro first broke out with his role in Bryan Singer’s “The Usual Suspects,” and is best known for his performances in Steven Soderbergh’s “Traffic,” for which he won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar, Terry Gilliam’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” Guy Ritchie’s “Snatch,” Soderbergh’s “Che,” and more. Josh Brolin began his career as a child actor in films like “The Goonies” and “Thrashin,'” but garnered critical acclaim with roles in the Coen’s “No Country for Old Men,” Gus Van Sant’s “Milk,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice,” and more.
Production on “Soldado” is set to start this fall.