Sicario: Day of the Soldado – Where Is Emily Blunt? This and 5 More Things We Know About the Sequel + Critics Review

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Sicario 2 will hit theatres on June 28 and it’s time to check out what Nexter.org knows about the movie so far.

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Source: Columbia Pictures

The directors and movie production

Sicario: Day of the Soldado is a crime thriller directed by Stefano Sollima and written by Taylor Sheridan. Initially, Denis Villeneuve, the director of the first part was involved in movie production, but in 2016, Italian director Stefano Sollima was hired to work on the sequel.

Josh Brolin (Matt Graver) in the interview to Collider stated he liked both directors, Sollima and Villeneuve:

“I had seen Denis’s movies. I knew he was a great director, but not everybody’s perfect and not everybody can put a good movie together no matter what their intentions are, but when I saw Sicario I didn’t know what happened. I was like, ‘I know we accomplished a good movie, but why don’t I remember this?’

“I kind of felt the same way [with Soldado], and maybe that all stems from Taylor Sheridan’s writing and the fact that you can only f**k up his scripts to a certain extent, but it’s still going to be a good movie.”

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Where is Emily Blunt? 

In 2016, the producers of Soldado said that it features Emily Blunt, but by the end of the year, she was out of the project. Why so?

Emily Blunt won’t be in the new movie and it was decided by Taylor Sheridan, the screenwriter of both movies. “That was my decision, and at some point I’m going to have to talk to her about it,” he told The Wrap.

He added that her character’s life was finished and he didn’t know how to introduce her in Soldado, so it would be as interesting as in the prequel.

“I couldn’t figure out a way to write a character that would do her talent justice… Look what she went through. It was a difficult role. Here I write this lead character and then I use her as a surrogate for the audience. 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.”

Source: Columbia Pictures

“…more severe”

Josh Brolin added about the general mood of Soldado, “I think it’s just more severe, man. All the way around. I think the characters are more severe. I think the movie is more severe. I think it’s just much bigger. It’s just a bigger scope film.

Seeing the first part, it’s kind of hard to imagine how it can be even more severe, but we’re looking forward to seeing it and comparing to the first part.

New characters

In November 2016, Isabela Moner, David Castaneda and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo joined the cast of Sicario 2. Moner is to appear as Isabela Reyes, the daughter of a drug lord.

Castaneda will portray Hector and Garcia-Rulfo – Gallo.

Extremely emotional

As more severe, it’s also extremely emotional, if we believe Josh Brolin, “Like I said, when I saw it it was like Sicario felt like a small movie to me, even though it was a very intimate movie. I’ve always said I don’t understand why bigger movies can’t be just as intimate, if not more intimate. Why do they have to be less emotional?

“I think Soldado‘s a perfect example of that. I think it’s extremely emotional. I think it’s extremely tense and it deals with similar subject matters.”

Source: Columbia Pictures

Critics review

On Rotten Tomatoes, Sicario 2 has 73% positive feedbacks based on 23 reviews with an average rating of 6.4/10. So, basically, it shouldn’t be worse than the previous part for sure.

Peter Debtuge called the film “tense, tough, and shockingly ruthless at times” and wrote, “Soldado may not be as masterful as Villeneuve’s original, but it sets up a world of possibilities for elaborating on a complex conflict far too rich to be resolved in two hours’ time.”

Conner Schwerdtfeger wrote, “Though not quite as masterful as the film that preceded it, Sicario: Day of the Soldado is a damn-fine sequel that honors the narrative work done by Denis Villeneuve in the first film and allows Taylor Sheridan to build on an already fascinating world.”


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