Sony’s first trailer for Sicario 2: Soldado, shows Benicio del Toro returning as undercover operative Alejandro Gillick and Josh Brolin as CIA agent Matt Graver. The film is the sequel to the 2015 Denis Villeneuve-directed drug-cartel movie starring Emily Blunt. It’s rumored to be part of a trilogy of films.
Rather than have the film simply be titled Soldado, it comes with the ill-advised banner title of Sicario 2: Soldado, in order to capitalize on the marginal success of the Oscar-nominated first film. Soldado reintroduces Brolin’s compromised FBI agent Matt Graver and his wary ally Alejandro, the revenge-driven former cartel member, as they are tasked with kidnapping a kingpin’s daughter. Isabela Moner, Jeffrey Donovan, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Catherine Keener co-star.
Check out the first trailer for Sicario 2: Soldado below:
Where is the heart of this movie? Yes. Sicario was a bleak, often-times brutal exploration of Juarez drug-trafficking but it came with the prowess of an ace-director and top-tier cast. Not that del Toro or Brolin look like they’re phoning in their performances here, but it feels like the making of a VOD action title rather than a deserving sequel to an acclaimed film. Even the style of the film, much of it brought to the screen courtesy of the greatest-living cinematographer Roger Deakins and a brooding and ominous score by Jóhann Jóhannsson.
Here, Benicio del Toro’s Alejandro, who was the underlying driving force of the first film (a force of nature that proved del Toro’s incredible control), is front-and-center. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, del Toro described his intention behind Alejandro’s character in Soldado:
“Let me put it this way, the characters in this one really try to think on their toes, to react in the spirit of the moment because of complications. When I think [about] Sicario, there were moments like that but they were under control, they had everything under control beforehand. In this point in time, they do as well, but then things start to not happen as planned, let’s put it that way.”
Screenwriter Taylor Sheridan returns for Sicario 2: Soldado, and Suburra director Stefano Sollima steps behind the camera to helm the film. Sheridan had this to say about the film when speaking with Collider earlier this year:
“I think it’s just more severe, man. All the way around. I think the characters are more severe. I think the movie is more severe. I think it’s just much bigger. It’s just a bigger scope film. Like I said, when I saw it it was like Sicario felt like a small movie to me, even though it was a very intimate movie. I’ve always said I don’t understand why bigger movies can’t be just as intimate, if not more intimate. Why do they have to be less emotional? I think Soldado‘s a perfect example of that. I think it’s extremely emotional. I think it’s extremely tense and it deals with similar subject matters.”
Sicario 2: Soldado is set to hit theaters on June 29, 2018.