Emily Blunt will not be reprising her role for the upcoming sequel of Sicario, set for release next year.
News came directly from the screenwriter of the film, Taylor Sheridan, during an interview with The Wrap. He admitted that it was his decision to take Blunt’s character out of the picture altogether, claiming that her narrative arc was “complete” and that he “couldn’t figure out a way to write a character that would do her talent justice.”
Blunt starred in the lead role of the 2015 hit thriller Sicario. In the movie, directed by Denis Villeneuve, she played an FBI agent who must navigate a complex web of double bluffs to take down a Mexican drug cartel.
Sicario was a critical and commercial success worldwide. Its sequel, titled Soldado, will not star Blunt but will see actors Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin reprising their characters.
Furthermore, Villeneuve – whose latest film Arrival was recently released in cinemas worldwide and who is scheduled to direct an upcoming Blade Runner sequel – will be replaced in the director’s chair by Italian-born director Stefan Sollima, who will make his English-language directorial debut with this film.
Principal photography for Soldado began earlier this month in New Mexico.