Taylor Sheridan, screenwriter for SICARIO, has revealed that lead star Emily Blunt will not be returning for the sequel, SOLDADO.
However, the film will bring back the characters portrayed by Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro. Blunt played a FBI agent who has to navigate a complex web to take down a Mexican drug cartel with Brolin and del Toro playing her colleagues. Sheridan, speaking to The Wrap, says “Her arc was complete”.
Continuing, “I make her completely passive against her own will so the audience feels the same impotence that a lot of law enforcement officers feel. I drag her through hell, and betray her in the end. It was an arduous journey for the character, and for Emily. The character had her arc.” Sheridan did, however, concede that “there could be room for [her character] somewhere else down the road.”.
Director Denis Villeneuve will also not return to direct the sequel since he’s busy at work on BLADE RUNNER 2049 and also has THE SON in development. Instead, Stefano Sollima will take the reigns of the film which is set for sometime in 2017.
Blunt was last seen in THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN but has MARY POPPINS RETURNS on the horizon, as well as roles in animation ANIMAL CRACKERS, MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE and GNOMEO & JULIET: SHERLOCK GNOMES.
Source: The Wrap