A little over a year removed and Denis Villeneuve’s “Sicario” remains one of the best dramatic thrillers of modern times. Word of the sequel “Soldado” was initially met with apprehension, but interest has grown as not just much of the same cast is back but the script by returning screenwriter Taylor Sheridan has scored rave reviews as well.
Villeneuve won’t be returning as “Gomorrah” filmmaker Stefano Sollima is taking over the direction. The most visible on screen absentee though is Emily Blunt who won’t return as the focus shifts to Benicio Del Toro’s hitman and Josh Brolin’s CIA operative.
In an interview with The Wrap this week, Sheridan says Blunt’s character Kate Macer’s “arc was complete” by the end of “Sicario” and he couldn’t find a way to include her which would have done the character justice:
“Look what she went through. It was a difficult role. Here I write this lead character and then I use her as a surrogate for the audience. I make her completely passive against her own will so the audience feels the same impotence that a lot of law enforcement officers feel, I drag her through hell, and betray her in the end. It was an arduous journey for the character, and for Emily. That character had arc.”
Also talking up the film this week was former “Burn Notice” star Jeffrey Donovan who had a key role in the original in its memorable cross-border convoy scene. Donovan confirms to Collider that he’s not only back but has more of a key role in this second outing. He goes on to talk about the plot a bit more and says it will be more male-oriented due to the change of central character:
“I know I was in it, but as a fan of Sicario, I can’t believe they’re making another one, which is so awesome. And I’m in it, which is even more awesome. I thought Sicario was one of the best films, in the last five years, that I’ve seen. I really believe that. I was just lucky to be in a small portion of it.
The story picks up with the same male characters that were in Sicario, which was Josh [Brolin] and Benicio [Del Toro]. Emily Blunt’s character is not in it, but my character, Forsing, is also brought back. It focuses on these three characters now, going down into Mexico to basically start a war, on purpose, between the rival Mexican cartels. There’s a bigger reason for it, but that’s the beginning of the movie.
It’s more of a stand-alone spin-off. It’s not a sequel or a prequel. It really is yet another examination told from this male point of view, rather than from a female point of view. It’s pretty cool.”
“Soldado” began production earlier this month in New Mexico and will likely open late next year.