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Sicario sequel finds new director but loses Emily Blunt


Story by Jack Foley

THE sequel to hit drugs thriller Sicario will be directed by Italian filmmaker Stefano Sollima. It will be called Soldado, the Spanish word for ‘soldier’.

However, the follow-up will not include Emily Blunt, who starred in the first film as a righteous FBI agent.

It will, however, see the return of Benicio Del Toro’s character, who will provide the main focus of the film, as well as James Brolin’s cocky CIA agent who plays both sides of the fence in the American war on drugs.

Sollima is best known for directing the acclaimed Italian mini-series Gomorra.

He emerged as a lead contender to helm the follow-up after Sicario director Denis Villenueve could not find room in his busy schedule.

Jeremy Saulnier, of “Green Room”: fame, was also in the running but he also couldn’t make the dates work given the film’s autumn production schedule.

Blunt has recently been confirmed as the new Mary Poppins in Disney sequel Mary Poppins Returns.

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