One of 2015's most atmospheric and compelling dramas, Sicario captured the bloody tension that surrounds the Mexican drug cartels, thanks in large part to Emily Blunt's powerful performance as a DEA agent caught in a moral crisis - but she won't be back for the film's sequel.
Speaking toThe Wrap, Taylor Sheridan, the screenwriter behind the original film and its impending sequel Soldado explained why.
"That was my decision, and at some point I'm going to have to talk to her about it," Sheridan said. "Her arc was complete… I couldn't figure out a way to write a character that would do her talent justice."
He continued: "Look what she went through. 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? 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."
While Blunt might be out of the picture, Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro are both confirmed to be returning. While the sequel's directorial responsibilities have fallen to Italian filmmaker Stefano Sollima, with original director Denis Villeneuve off shooting Blade Runner 2.