Benicio Del Toro is an assassin with a heart of gold in the upcoming (and newly renamed) “Sicario: Day of the Soldado.” The sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s acclaimed 2015 drug war drama finds Del Toro reprising the role of Alejandro opposite Josh Brolin as CIA operative Matt Graver. Villeneuve has been replaced in the director’s chair by Italian filmmaker Stefano Sollima.
“Day of the Soldado” finds Alejandro being recruited once again by Matt Graver to kidnap the daughter of an infamous drug kingpin in order to start a war between dealing cartels that will hopefully wipe both of them off the map. When the plan is exposed, however, Alejandro is ordered to execute the daughter (Isabela Moner), but not even a trained assassin like Alejandro is willing to murder a child.
“He has the chance for an eye for an eye, but sees a young girl going through what his [executed] daughter went through,” Del Toro tells USA Today about the sequel. “He has to decide to follow orders or protect the girl. It’s just one thing about this screenplay that makes it interesting.”
“Day of the Soldado” opens in theaters nationwide June 29. Watch the official trailer below.