While 2014 saw Emily Blunt take up arms against an invading alien army in Edge of Tomorrow, she’ll be wielding a gun later this year as part of the US War on Drugs in Sicario.
The film is the newest directorial effort from Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, and has just released a new trailer. Villeneuve directs from a script by actor and first-time screenwriter Taylor Sheridan, working with a cast that includes Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, and Victor Garber.
The film’s synopsis is as follows:
An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by an elected government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico.
The trailer sets the dialogue’s moral ambiguity against the thumping strains of Big K.R.I.T.’s “Saturday=Celebration”. This is Villeneuve’s second US production, after 2013’s Prisoners, and cinematographer Roger Deakins, who got an Academy Award nomination for his work on the aforementioned film, reteams with Villeneuve once again. Interestingly, in addition to seeing Del Toro return to the War on Drugs territory he previously explored with Steven Soderbergh in Traffic, this film marks the third time he’s co-starred with Josh Brolin in just over a year, as both performers also showed up in last summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as the Thomas Pynchon adaptation Inherent Vice.
Sicario is poised to make its North American premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival after making its World Premiere at Cannes 2015. That will be followed by a release in US theatres on September 18th and Canadian theatres on September 25th. The trailer can be seen below.