Drugs, terrorism, corruption, and violence—that's what we can tell you about Sicario: Day of the Soldado in a gist. Unlike the first Sicario movie that came out in 2015, the sequel—under new director Stefano Sollima—focuses more on immigration and less on drug trafficking.
We must say off the bat that Emily Blunt is not in the new movie but leading actors Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro are! They are also accompanied by a strong Latino cast, including 16-year-old Peruvian-American actress Isabela Moner portraying the daughter of a drug lord.
Sollima made it clear that the story in Sicario 2, premiering June 29 in theaters nationwide, will be completely different to what any fans saw in the first movie directed by Denis Villeneuve three years ago. He wasn't wrong because even Benicio del Toro's character, Alejandro Gillick is unrecognizable!
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"I call this movie the beginning of the rehabilitation of a hitman," Benicio told VIX in an exclusive interview. "Alejandro in the first movie is a hitman, a heartless killer and in this movie, we learn that there's a conscious behind all that. That there's a heart behind this killer. That's what was interesting for me to try to explore in this film and terms of this character," he added.
We don't want to dive deeper because we would only give away all the juicy details, but if there's one thing we can learn from Alejandro in the sequel it's the following, according to Benicio:
"We can't judge a book by its cover," the Puerto Rican actor said. "There's the possibility of good in all of us—even the bad guys! I don't think Alejandro is innocent, we can't forgive him for everything he's done but we're glad he has a conscious."
Watch the official trailer below:
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