Almost two weeks ago it was announced that director Stefano Sollima will helm the Sicario sequel, Soldado. Before that film even goes into production, the director revealed that plans for a third film are already being discussed.
Soldado (translation: soldier) will focus on Alejandro Gillick (Benicio Del Toro) and Matt Graver (Josh Brolin). Emily Blunt is not returning to the sequel.
In an interview with The Independent, Sollima discussed the idea of a third film:
"The idea is to make three anthology movies with some of the core actors and [set] in the same world. It’s not a real sequel. It’s absolutely a standalone movie — a completely different story with just two of the characters that you met in Sicario. 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."
When the news of a Sicario sequel came out, I, like many questioned the decision as it seemed the story had a nice finality to it. But the idea of centering on the supporting characters of the film has me more interested. Benicio Del Toro was easily the standout of Sicario, so I'm more than willing to spend another film with that character.
Sollima went on to detail how his film will differ from Denis Villeneuve's original:
"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."
The more that I hear Sollima talk about Soldado, the more I'm eager to see it. Sicario was one of my absolute favorite films of 2015 and I adored the characters. I'm interested to see the "huge action sequences" that Sollima is talking about.
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