Emily Blunt’s character written out of Sicario 2

·UK Movies Writer

Emily Blunt won’t return in the ‘Sicario’ sequel… and here’s why.

Emily Blunt hangs up her holster - Credit: Lionsgate
Emily Blunt hangs up her holster – Credit: Lionsgate

‘Sicario’ and ‘Soldado’ screenwriter Taylor Sheridan has revealed exactly why Emily Blunt’s character – Kate Macer – won’t be back in the upcoming sequel… and it seems there’s quite a simple explanation.

“That was my decision, and at some point I’m going to have to talk to her about it,” he told The Wrap. “Her arc was complete… I couldn’t figure out a way to write a character that would do her talent justice.”

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‘Sicario’ starred Emily Blunt alongside Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin – both of whom will apparently return for the sequel, which is titled ‘Soldado’. It followed FBI agent Kate Macer who was enlisted by the US government to bring down the leader of a powerful Mexican drug cartel.

So how would they top her rather powerful story?

That’s exactly the problem.

Emily Blunt won't return for Soldado - Credit: Lionsgate
Emily Blunt won’t return for Soldado – Credit: Lionsgate

“Look what she went through,” he 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.”

Of course, Emily Blunt isn’t the only one who won’t be returning, with original director Denis Villeneuve handing over the director’s chair to Stefano Sollima.

But back to the problem of Emily Blunt…

“What do you do next?” posed Sheridan. “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’ heads to cinemas in 2017.

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