Along with blockbuster crushers like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Mad Max: Fury Road, Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario was easily one of 2015s best films. From an overall film point of view, it was flat-out just a great film, and a lot of that is due to the writing abilities of Taylor Sheridan. Sheridan, who is also responsible for Hell or High Water and this year’s Wind River, surprisingly wrote a sequel called Soldado. Sicario didn’t necessarily need a sequel, but it’s hard to argue against it when it comes from Sheridan, and according to star Josh Brolin, Sheridan has struck gold once again.
As of right now, there’s two things we know about the sequel Soldado, Josh Brolin and Benicia Del Toro returned to star. Luckily, Collider was able to sit down with Brolin in anticipation for this weekend’s Only the Brave, where the Thanos and Cable star revealed the first true details about the film:
“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.”
Thats exactly what I want to hear. While I’m devastated that Villeneuve couldn’t return to direct the sequel, because of other reasons such as Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, I’m still very excited about the project because of Brolin, Del Toro and writer Taylor Sheridan returning as well.
Now usually when it comes to actors and actresses talking about the project they just worked on or are currently working on, it’s always good word of mouth because why would a star of a picture talk bad about their own movie? Well, in Brolin’s comments with Collider’s Steve Weintraub, Brolin explains that his initial reaction to both Soldado and Sicario were different from his feelings towards the finished product:
“You know what? That movie, honestly, I’ll just tell you really quick, when I first saw it I was like, ‘Okay, it’s a good movie and I think we need to trim some things. We need to do this, and this, and that to it.’ Everybody else had their notes and then when they saw the final cut it’s a really good movie. I’m really excited about it. I was actually surprised at how good it turned out.”
“When I saw [Sicario], I said, ‘This is a really fucking good movie.’ When I finished the movie, I thought it was going to be OK. I had seen Denis’s movies. I knew he was a great director, but not everybody’s perfect and not everybody can put a good movie together no matter what their intentions are, but when I saw Sicario I didn’t know what happened. I was like, ‘I know we accomplished a good movie, but why don’t I remember this?’
I kind of felt the same way [with Soldado], and maybe that all stems from Taylor Sheridan’s writing and the fact that you can only fuck up his scripts to a certain extent, but it’s still going to be a good movie because maybe it does all start with the script. When you have an OK script you’re constantly manipulating it to make it sound decent, is one thing. When you have a great script and you’re just trying to do justice to it, maybe that’s something else, and I think that’s what we experienced with him.”
It’s pretty refreshing to have Brolin be so transparent about both films, as well as adding yet another reason why we should be looking forward to the unexpected Sicario sequel. Hopefully we’ll hear more on the project much sooner rather than later. Directed by Stefano Sollima, Soldado hits theaters on June 29th, 2018.