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'Sicario' Sequel Lands a Title and Director, But Loses Emily Blunt

Lionsgate and Black Label Media are reportedly nearing a deal for "Gomorrah" and "Suburra" director Stefano Sollima to helm the sequel to the 2015 crime thriller "Sicario."

Deadline confirms that the followup, called "Soldado," centers on Alejandro Gillick, the enigmatic "consultant"  played in the original by Benicio Del Toro. While Emily Blunt won't return, Josh Brolin will reprise his role as CIA Agent Matt Graver, who'll reteam with Del Toro's character to monitor what -- and who -- is being smuggled across the U.S./Mexico border through tunnels.

Produced for just $30 million, "Sicario" grossed $84 million worldwide, and earned three Academy Award nominations. The film also sparked controversy with its depiction of Juarez, Mexico.

Like "Sicario," "Soldado" is written by Taylor Sheridan. Production is targeted to begin sometime this fall.

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