With Emily Blunt and director Denis Villeneuve out, the upcoming sequel to 2015’s “Sicario” will shift the focus to its male leading characters of hitman Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro) and CIA handler Matt (Josh Brolin).
Director Stefano Sollima’s “Soldado” will however also bring back Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Taylor Sheridan who penned the first film and is back for the second.
Sheridan, who appeared at the Sundance Film Festival this past week to promote his directorial debut “Wind River,” tells Collider some minor story details and explains what’s next for Matt and Alejandro:
“One of the producers called me and said, ‘If you were to do a sequel, how would you do it?’ and when he first brought it up I thought,’ Well of course you’re asking me.’
And then I had an idea, and I said, ‘Look you can’t really do a sequel, but I sure would love to see what happened if these guys didn’t have a chaperone.’ Because basically they’re operating within the United States, so I played with some actual laws that exist and found a way that they could operate more or less legally within the U.S. But they had a chaperone.
What happens if they weren’t in the U.S. and they didn’t have a chaperone? How bad or good would that work out? You’ve seen Sicario, good isn’t going to factor into it too much. I would say if ‘Sicario’ is a film about the militarization of police and that blending over, this is removing the policing aspect from it.”
There have already been talks of a trilogy and Sheridan says he already has a story in mind if it does go ahead – something that’s uncertain at present: “Who knows? I know what it would be if they did. I know exactly what it would be if they did.”
Sollima has previously said the sequel is more about immigration than the drug war. Shooting began in November in New Mexico, but no release date has yet been set.