Denis Villeneuve’s “Sicario” was one of the best films of last year. It was also a perfectly self-contained story, so not many saw the need for a sequel. And yet, earlier this year it was announced that Stefano Sollima would be taking on the follow-up, called “Soldado”. The story was said to focus on Benicio del Toro’s hitman character. Well, as it turns out, the film will not be a direct sequel, but more of a spinoff. At least that’s what one of the first film’s stars insists.
Collider managed to score a scoop from actor Jeffrey Donovan (while on a press tour for his new TV series “Shut Eye”) who played operative Steve Forsing. Donovan is apparently returning for “Soldado” as well, but according to him, don’t expect direct ties to “Sicario”, storywise.
He said: “It’s more of a stand-alone spin-off. It’s not a sequel or a prequel. It really is yet another examination told from this male point of view, rather than from a female point of view. It’s pretty cool.”
When asked to spill more beans, Donovan was vague but gave some interesting nuggets: “I know I was in it, but as a fan of Sicario, I can’t believe they’re making another one, which is so awesome. And I’m in it, which is even more awesome. I thought Sicario was one of the best films, in the last five years, that I’ve seen. I really believe that. I was just lucky to be in a small portion of it. The story picks up with the same male characters that were in Sicario, which was Josh [Brolin] and Benicio [Del Toro]. Emily Blunt’s character is not in it, but my character, Forsing, is also brought back. It focuses on these three characters now, going down into Mexico to basically start a war, on purpose, between the rival Mexican cartels. There’s a bigger reason for it, but that’s the beginning of the movie.”