'Sicario' Sequel 'Soldado' Finds Its Director; Emily Blunt Not Returning

By Matt O.

As many of you know who followed the site last year, my favorite film of 2015 was Denis Villeneuve's amazing film Sicario. The film even made number one on my Top 15 Films Of 2015 List. So it should come as no surprise to anyone one that I'm extremely excited about this upcoming sequel!

Today we finally got some of the first real interesting news on the planned sequel. Deadline is reporting that the film has finally found its director in Italian filmmaker Stefano Sollima (Suburra, A.C.A.B.).

Also revealed, which is a bummer because she was so great in the first film, but isn't really surprising to any fan of Sicario is actress Emily Blunt will not be returning for the sequel. As her character's story arc was wrapped up really nicely in the first film it wouldn't really make a whole lot of sense to bring her character back.

Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan is returning to pen the sequel titled Soldado, which will follow Benicio Del Toro's Alejandro Gillick and Josh Brolin's CIA agent Matt Graver as they "concern themselves with what is being smuggled across the border between Mexico and the U.S. in the tunnels used to move drugs and illegal immigrants."

Interesting to note the new film's title is Soldado which means "Soldier" in Spanish, as the first film was titled Sicario which meant "Hitman" in Spanish.

So far everything is falling into place for the sequel, and it will be very interesting to see where Benicio Del Toro's character and Josh Brolin's character end up. Can't wait! What about you guys and gals? Let's discuss this sequel and the first film, sound off in the comments section down below with your thoughts, thanks!

Soldado is set to hit theaters in Fall of 2017.