Lionsgate’s hit Sicario may have had a quiet opening, but with a strong 93 percent Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, fans and critics alike thoroughly enjoyed the serious action movie. So it came as no surprise when it was announced that there would be a follow-up film.
Instead of Sicario director Denis Villeneuve at the helm of the sequel, Italian director Stefano Sollima will be tackling the follow-up. Production hasn’t even started yet, but he wants to make one thing perfectly clear: It won’t be a sequel.
In an interview with The Independent, Sollima made it abundantly clear that some familiar characters will return, but Soldado will be able to be enjoyed as a singular piece of filmmaking:
“It’s absolutely a standalone movie – a completely different story with just two of the characters that you met in Sicario. It’s not a real sequel. The antagonists are now absolutely the main characters.”
It sounds like Benicio Del Toro’s character Alejandro will be stepping up to the fore. Even though he claims it’s not a sequel, Sollima has big plans for the future of the Sicario world and wants to flesh things out more fully:
“The idea is to make three anthology movies with some of the core actors and in the same world. The reason that I love [Soldado] is because it’s not exactly a sequel; it’s something you can catch and enjoy even if you haven’t watched the first one.”
So how does Soldado plan to keep Sicario fans hooked? The director suggests it will be of larger scale and tackle different — albeit equally important — issues that are relevant today:
“I loved Sicario. I feel the movie was quite similar to my approach so, to me, I’m just shooting another movie. Soldado will be much more cinematic than Sicario was; it’s got an incredible amount of huge action sequences in there. It will be a different journey in the same world. Even the theme is different – it’s not drug dealing, it’s more on immigration.”
We already know that Del Toro and Josh Brolin will be returning, but one star who isn’t coming back for the second installment of the anthology is Emily Blunt, who has a full slate after recently being cast in Disney’s upcoming live-action Mary Poppins movie.
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