Earlier this month, we reported that the Sicario sequel has received a title, Soldado (meaning “soldier”), along with a new director, Stefano Sollima, who directed the Italian miniseries Gomorrah. We also reported that Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro would return, and the story would focus on del Toro’s mysterious character.
Now in an interview with The Independent [via The Film Stage], Sollima has provided some new details about what he has planned not just for Soldado, but for future films in the franchise as well. “It’s not a real sequel,” Sollima explained. “It’s absolutely a standalone movie – a completely different story with just two of the characters that you met in Sicario. “The reason that I love [Soldado] is because it’s not exactly a sequel; it’s something you can catch and enjoy even if you haven’t watched the first one.”
He goes on to say, “The antagonists are now absolutely the main characters.” Sollima’s comments suggest that contrary to previous reports, Emily Blunt’s character was never meant to return for a future installment.
As for taking over the reins from Denis Villeneuve, Sollima says:
“I loved Sicario. I feel the movie was quite similar to my approach so, to me, I’m just shooting another movie. Soldado will be much more cinematic than Sicario was; it’s got an incredible amount of huge action sequences in there. It will be a different journey in the same world. Even the theme is different – it’s not drug dealing, it’s more on immigration.”
Saying you’ll be “much more cinematic” than Sicario is an odd criticism to make. It’s not like Sicario was shot like a TV special. It had Roger Deakins as the cinematographer! It got nominated for an Oscar for Best Cinematography! I’m curious to see what Sollima has planned, especially if he thinks he can make his movie “more cinematic” than the stunning Sicario.