We’re all still a bit in shock that a sequel to the fantastic Sicario is really happening, but the unexpected follow-up is now closer to reality than ever. According to Deadline, Lionsgate has tapped a director to replace Denis Villeneuve. Stepping in will be Stefano Sollima, an Italian filmmaker known for his gritty features like Suburra and A.C.A.B. (All Cops Are Bastards), as well as the Gomorrah TV series.
Sollima will be making his English feature debut with the sequel, which is entitled Soldado. The new story will focus on Benicio del Toro’s Alejandro Gillick and Josh Brolin’s CIA agent Matt Graver as they deal with smugglers running drugs, illegal immigrants, and terrorists through tunnels across the Mexico/US border.
Notice someone missing from that cast list? It appears Sicario star Emily Blunt will not be returning for the follow-up after all. Though she was initially expected to be on board, her character is not featured in Taylor Sheridan’s script. Even without the presence of FBI agent Kate Macer, Sheridan’s script is reportedly receiving high praise from the studio.
The current timeline puts production on Soldado kicking off this fall with eyes on a 2017 release.