Sicario Trailer: Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin & Benicio Del Toro in the Drug War

Director Denis Villeneuve impressed with his Oscar-nominated drama Incendies and hit the mainstream running with 2013’s Prisoners. While his next film, the doppelganger-focused thriller Enemy, didn’t garner the same attention, it nevertheless locked him in as a director with a sharp eye and one unafraid to tackle the darker elements of humanity.

Sicario sees the director turn his attention to the ongoing drug war between the U.S. and Mexico. Emily Blunt plays an idealistic agent who joins a special task force after being enlisted by a government official (Josh Brolin). Benicio Del Toro plays the consultant with a questionable background leading the team.

The first trailer provides a look at a gritty, energetic, brutal thriller. Villeneuve doesn’t hold back those punches, and Sicario looks to be packing a few. The early reviews are impressive for this one, cementing our already-high levels of anticipation. We can’t wait.

The screenplay comes from Taylor Sheridan, known for playing David Hale in Sons of Anarchy.

Sicario, also starring Victor Garber and Jon Bernthal, is set for U.S. release on September 18 and will be hitting Australia on October 1.

Official synopsis for Sicario:

In Mexico, SICARIO means hitman.

In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent [Emily Blunt] is enlisted by an elite government task force official [Josh Brolin] to aid in the escalating war against drugs.

Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past [Benicio Del Toro], the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive.