'Sicario' Writer on Not Bringing Back Emily Blunt for the Sequel
The Sicario sequel, titled Soldado, will not bring Emily Blunt back. It's something that's been well known for some time, but writer Taylor Sheridan has now clarified just why her character hasn't been written into the follow-up.
“That was my decision, and at some point I’m going to have to talk to her about it,” Sheridan told The Wrap. "Her arc was complete… I couldn’t figure out a way to write a character that would do her talent justice."
Playing Macer, Blunt was our eyes into the bleak underworld of the Mexican drug world, and the film was better for her. But it is hugely refreshing to see a writer prepared to write a character out of a story that the character doesn't belong in anymore. In this age, it's hard to find characters who weave in and then out of a story once their arc has come to a natural ending, particularly when there's talent like Blunt behind the role.
"Look what she went through,” Sheridan explained. “It was a difficult role. Here I write this lead character and then I use her as a surrogate for the audience. I make her completely passive against her own will so the audience feels the same impotence that a lot of law enforcement officers feel, I drag her through hell, and betray her in the end. It was an arduous journey for the character, and for Emily. That character had arc.”
"What do you do next?" Sheridan said. "She moves to some little town and becomes a sheriff and then gets kidnapped and then we have ‘Taken?’ I had to tell the story that was true to this role, and I didn’t feel like I could create something with that character that would further that world that would do Emily’s character justice. That said, there could be room for Kate somewhere else down the road."
Soldado is set for release in 2017.