The producers of last year's hit film Sicario have confirmed that Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin will all reprise their roles in the highly anticipated sequel.
Upon release, the original film received a ton of praise for its story, acting and cinematography. The film was shot on location in Mexico and looked absolutely stunning on the big screen, largely thanks to the efforts of director Denis Villeneuve and cinematographer Roger Deakins.
Speaking to THR, Molly Smith, co-founder of Black Label Media, and her twin partners Trent and Thad Luckinbill confirmed that a sequel is already in the works.
SMITH: "We're in full development with the studio. I just got a draft [of a script from writer Taylor Sheridan], and we're really excited."
THAD: "We've circulated it to the reps, and everybody [from the cast of the original is] on board."
Taylor Sheridan has returned to author the sequel and already has a draft script penned, according to Smith. Interestingly, the producers also teased some big plans for the sequel and they've certainly caught our attention.
In the interview, Trent Luckinbill commented on Sheridan's ability to craft a big world on screen. The Demoltion producer also teased the idea that the sequel would focus on Benicio Del Toro's captivating character, Alejandro. The cast and crew seemed to get on like a house on fire, as the production team also seek to secure the services of Denis Villeneuve.
TRENT: "Taylor's a really great world-builder. He's got that kind of modern Western voice, which is in vogue right now. And he did it again [with the sequel]. It's a great big world. We can't reveal the plot, but you'll see [Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin] all come back. You have such a great character with Benicio, who was as dark as he was and still so loved. That character resonates so well with audiences. People want to know what happened to him, so it's a perfect foray for us to explore. Obviously we would love it if Denis could [direct]. He's a busy man, but he's certainly part of the process with us right now."
Sicario was an absolute masterclass in how to build tension throughout a film, while keeping audiences engaged and on the edge of their seats. Visually engrossing, the the film was a hit at the box office and among critics. Nominated a staggering 126 times, including three Academy nominations, talk of a sequel was almost immediate following its theatrical release. With news now confirmed that a sequel has been given the green light, we can't wait to see what Sheridan has in store for us.
It would be fantastic to see the sequel delve further into the development of the dark yet beloved Alejandro. In Sicario, the driving force behind every action that Alejandro takes is due to the loss of his family. In the final act, we finally seen Alejandro track down the cartel boss who murdered his wife and daughter and watched as he mercilessly avenged the loss of his family. It will be interesting to see how the sequel seeks to progress the narrative and how each character will fit in.
Perhaps Emily Blunt's Kate Macy has been left haunted at the idea of lying to cover up the actions of Matt (Josh Brolin) and his team, and is now on the hunt for Alejandro to try and bring them to justice.
A release date has yet to be scheduled, but with a script still in its early stages don't expect to see any footage or trailers anytime soon.