Sicario isn’t the type of picture that comes to mind when one thinks of a film that should spawn a sequel.
Denis Villeneuve’s 2015 thriller was a borderline masterpiece, and one that wrapped up its plot in satisfying, strong fashion. Well, as we should be used to by now, Sicario‘s success meant a sequel was likely, and it’s all coming together.
Emily Blunt’s Kate Macer won’t be returning for Soldado, which will instead focus in on Benicio Del Toro’s Alejandro and Josh Brolin’s Matt Graver. Catherine Keener recently joined the cast as Brolin’s boss, a woman trying her best to navigate that troubling gray area that Gillick and Graver live in. We now also know that Jeffrey Donovan, who had a small role in the first film as agent Steve Forsing, will be returning for the follow-up in a bigger capacity.
In an interview with Collider, Donovan gave up a few more interesting plot details, revealing that Soldado will see Alejandro and Graver playing quite the dangerous game with Mexican cartels.
“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,” Donovan said.
“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.”
So, it looks like Alejandro and Graver are looking for these cartels to wipe each other out, but what that intriguing “bigger reason” could be is anyone’s guess for now.
Soldado, which returning screenwriter Taylor Sheridan promises will be “ten times more unsentimental, more vicious”, is expected to hit cinemas sometime in 2017. Italian director Stefano Sollima (Gomorrah, Suburra) takes the helm this time around.