Sicario writer explains why Emily Blunt's character won’t appear in the sequel
Taylor Sheridan, writer of 2015 hit drama Sicario, has explained why Emily Blunt will not appear in the sequel Soldado.
Blunt starred in Sicario as Kate Macer, a principled FBI agent who is enlisted by a government task force to bring down the leader of a powerful and brutal Mexican drug cartel. Her performance drew rave reviews, but Sheridan has now revealed that he could not place her in the sequel. Instead the new film will focus on Benicio Del Toro's Alejandro Gillick and Josh Brolin's CIA agent Matt Graver.
He told The Wrap: "Her arc was complete… 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. That character had arc.”
He went on to say that he could not rule out her character returning in future movies, adding: "What do you do next? She moves to some little town and becomes a sheriff and then gets kidnapped and then we have Taken? I had to tell the story that was true to this role, and I didn’t feel like I could create something with that character that would further that world that would do Emily’s character justice. That said, there could be room for Kate somewhere else down the road."
Soldado will be directed by Stefano Sollima, best known for his work as the creator and main director of the TV-series Gomorrah.
Sollima replaces Denis Villeneuve, who is currently working on the sequel to Blade Runner. There is currently no release date for the sequel pencilled in.
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