Prisoners and Enemy director Denis Villeneuve continues to put together the cast for his next film, Sicario. The pic already has Emily Blunt set in the lead as an officer from Tuscon who travels across the border to Mexico with a pair of mercenaries in order to track down a drug lord, and now Variety reports that Josh Brolin is in talks to co-star. The nature of Brolin’s role is unspecified, but the cast also includes Benicio Del Toro and the recently added Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead). Brolin will be seen later this year in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and Paul Thomas Anderson’s highly anticipated Inherent Vice, and he most recently wrapped the survival drama Everest.
Hit the jump for more on Sicario and Villeneuve’s follow-up project.
I wasn’t blown away by Prisoners, but I was a big fan of Villeneuve’s twisted Jake Gyllenhaal thriller Enemy, so I’m looking forward to seeing what he’s put together here—especially with Blunt in the lead. It’s unclear if Sicario will be a more “straightforward” thriller like Prisoners or if it will be a bit more cerebral like Enemy, but it’s promising all the same.
The project will also reunite Villeneuve with Prisoners cinematographer—and all-around genius—Roger Deakins, so that’s another thing to look forward to. Filming on Sicario begins this summer, after which Villeneuve has already set his follow-up project as the sci-fi thriller Story of Your Life with Amy Adams, revolving around aliens who crash-land on Earth.