‘Sicario 2’: Sequel Director Behind Italian Crime Hit, But He Won’t Have Emily Blunt

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The 'Sicario' sequel will be Emily Blunt-less. Lionsgate

Sicario is getting a sequel, though it will lose both its protagonist, played by Emily Blunt, and it’s original director, who has moved on to direct Blade Runner 2 with Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford.

Sicario 2 will instead be directed by Stefano Sollima , an Italian director known for his crime dramas, especially the TV series Gomorrah, which is frequently compared to The Wire and The Sopranos. Sicario 2 will be his English-language debut.

Sicario proved a surprise audience hit at last year’s Cannes Film Festival and a modest critical and box office hit upon release in September, garnering Academy Award nominations for score, sound editing and cinematography.

Sollima’s Sicario sequel will be called Soldado and follow the further adventures of Benicio Del Toro’s cartel hitman. Josh Brolin will also return. The script is by Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan.

Unfortunately, in addition to losing Blunt and director Denis Villeneuve, it looks so far as if cinematographer Roger Deakins will not be returning. Instead Deakins has followed Villeneuve to Blade Runner 2.

No release date has yet been set for Soldado.

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