Sony Pictures has unleashed the first official trailer for their upcoming Sicario follow-up Soldado. Taking over for Denis Villeneuve, who was working on Blade Runner 2049, is Stefano Sollima. The story picks up after the events of Sicario where the drug war has reached maximum capacity. After learning that drug cartels are smuggling terrorists across the US border, Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro are asked to eliminate the problem, using any means necessary.
This is a tough one. I absolutely love Sicario. I think it’s one of the best dramas and drug films of the last few years. That, in large part, was because of the filmmaking of Denis Villeneuve and performance of Emily Blunt. Broil and Del Toro were two huge highlights of the film, but Villeneuve and Blunt made it for me. Without them, I would not have felt the same way. So leading up to its trailer release, there’s been a sense of emptiness that I just haven’t been able to shake.
As I sat down to watch this trailer, I was nervous. I was nervous it was going to feel completely different and go in a more action thriller direction than the last did. Luckily it didn’t, for the most part. There were times where I could feel the missing presence of Villeneuve, especially when it comes to Del Toro’s character. Don’t get me wrong, I think pushing the boundaries of the sequel and making it “bigger” is the way to go because these characters and this world are so rich, but it’s clear this isn’t a Villeneuve film. Does it need to be? No, not at all. It can be a complete success after switching directors. Hell, it could even end up being better than the first, look what Star Wars just did. But I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t going to take me a bit to get over the fact that this story is moving forward without Villeneuve or Blunt.
Watch the explosive first trailer below and after doing so, please leave your thoughts in the comments. Were you a fan of Sicario? How do you feel about the sequel moving forward? Did the trailer sell you? Sollima’s Soldado hits theaters on June 29th, 2018 and stars Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Catherine Keener, Jeffrey Donavon, Isabela Moner and Matthew Modine.
A follow up to the 2015 hit film Sicario: after discovering drug cartels smuggling terrorists across the US border, Matt Graver of the CIA and former undercover operative Alejandro are sent to eliminate the problem. Along the way Alejandro revisits his old nemesis to settle scores.