“Star Wars” isn’t the only franchise to inspire a series of standalone films. Stefano Sollima, who’s directing the “Sicario” sequel “Soldado,” revealed to The Independent that “the idea is to make three anthology movies with some of the core actors and [set] in the same world.” “Soldado,” the first of these, will apparently have little else in common with Denis Villeneuve’s drug-war drama from last year.
“It’s not a real sequel,” added Sollima. “It’s absolutely a standalone movie — a completely different story with just two of the characters that you met in ‘Sicario.’ The reason that I love [‘Soldado’] is because it’s not exactly a sequel; it’s something you can catch and enjoy even if you haven’t watched the first one.” Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin and screenwriter Taylor Sheridan are all set to return for the semi-sequel; original star Emily Blunt is not.
She was recently cast in the “Mary Poppins” reboot, while Villeneuve is at work on the long-awaited “Blade Runner” sequel starring Ryan Gosling. Sollima promises that “Soldado” will be “much more cinematic” than its predecessor — a tall order, given Roger Deakins’ typically arresting cinematography, but an exciting one if he can deliver the goods.