While SICARIO wasn’t able to lock down any Academy Awards at this year’s ceremony, that didn’t stop the film from being enjoyable experiencefor indie film fans. It was a grounded, gritty crime film from respected director Denis Villenueve (PRISONERS) — not really the type to get a sequel. Lo and behold most fans’ surprise when it was announced that Lionsgate would continue on with Benicio del Toro’s character in a sequel entitled SOLDADO.
Earlier this month, the studio locked down director Stefano Sollima, who directed last year’s Italian neo-noir film, SUBURRA. In a recent interview with Independent, Sollima talked a little bit about SOLDADO and its connection to SICARIO. While it’s easy to call the film a sequel, the director insists that’s not the case.
“It’s absolutely a standalone movie – a completely different story with just two of the characters that you met in Sicario. It’s not a real sequel. The antagonists are now absolutely the main characters.
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.”
One of the stand-out performances in SICARIO was Emily Blunt. As this is a continuation of the first film, one has to ask if we can expect a cameo from here. Sollima replied with an emphatic “no, no, no,” and that she was never intended to be in the story.
So what does the future hold for this franchise? Considering the film’s rather humble origins, it seems safe to assume we can expect this sequel and nothing else, right? Not the case. It looks like the studio has higher ambitions for these movies.
“The idea is to make three anthology movies with some of the core actors and in the same world,” he reveals, adding: “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.”
I was always lukewarm on the idea of SOLDADO. It seemed like a story that simply did not need to be told. However, after these words from Sollima, I have to say, my interest in piqued. What do you think? Does SOLDADO interest you? How about a threequel? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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