While fans are eagerly anticipating next year’s Avengers: Infinity War, more production news has surfaced. With executive producer Kevin Feige confirming that Thanos (Josh Brolin), will be the focus of the film, it’s no surprise that the holder of the ‘reality gem’, The Collector (Benicio Del Toro) will be appearing.
In a recent Instagram live stream, Brolin revealed that he will be filming scenes with Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Zoe Salanda (Gamora), as well as Del Toro, who had not been previously confirmed. The video had since been deleted though.
Turns out the production team behind “Sicario” enjoyed its time in New Mexico so much that it’s bringing the sequel back to the Land of Enchantment.
The New Mexico Film Office announced that “Soldado,” is starting production in the state through January.
Filming locations include Albuquerque, To’hajiilee, Laguna Pueblo, Bernalillo and Algodones. Production will be completed in Mexico.
Nick Maniatis, Film Office director, said it’s great that production companies are bringing repeat business to the state.
“It really says something when a company like Black Label Media does two projects in a row in New Mexico, has a great experience, and immediately brings in another one with a fourth on the way,” he said. “You know you’re doing something right when that happens. And we really appreciate a company like Black Label and their commitment to New Mexico.”
“Soldado” finds Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro reprising his role as the inscrutable attorney-turned-assassin Alejandro, paired on screen with Oscar nominee Josh Brolin, who returns as the pragmatic CIA operative Matt Graver. Joining the cast is Oscar nominee Catherine Keener, who will portray Graver’s boss.
Stefano Sollima will direct from an original script by Taylor Sheridan, who also wrote the New Mexico-filmed “Sicario” and “Hell or High Water.”
“Soldado” follows the character of Alejandro, played by Del Toro as he makes a deadly alliance with Matt, played by Brolin, to take on the new crown jewel of Mexico’s cartels: human trafficking.
According to the film office, the production will employ about 200 New Mexico crew members, 70 New Mexico actors and stunt performers, and 1,500 New Mexico background talent. Background talent will include military and Hispanic men, women and children of all ages. Individuals wishing to be cast as background talent should upload a photo and contact information at egcasting.com or email a photo with height, weight, and phone number to email@example.com.
Benicio del Toro is currently in talks to star in the upcoming Predator reboot that Shane Black (Iron Man 3, The Nice Guys) will be directing for 20th Century Fox.
The movie will be produced by John Davis, Joel Silver and Lawrence Gordon.
There’s no plot details yet but it’ll apparently be an ensemble piece with Benicio as the lead and filming should start in February 2017.
For a reminder, Predator was a 1987 movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger:
A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.
Surely one of the most unlikely films to spawn a sequel in recent memory was Denis Villeneuve’s carefully crafted 2015 thriller Sicario. The film is an unflinching look at how America responds to violence abroad and our foreign policy at large, all told through the lens of an operation targeting Mexican drug cartels. It’s one of the best films of 2015, with tremendous performances by Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, and Benicio Del Toro, but a franchise? That seems an odd fit.
And yet, shortly before Sicario’s release, we learned that Lionsgate was developing a follow-up with the original film’s writer Taylor Sheridan. The studio subsequently set Gomorrah director Stefano Sollima to take the helm, and while Blunt isn’t returning, Del Toro’s character now takes center stage with Brolin also set to appear.
Production on Sicario 2 is set to get underway shortly (with Sicario 3 already in the works as well), and Collider’s own Tommy Cook recently got the chance to speak with Sheridan about the film at an event for the Western-tinged crime drama Hell or High Water, which Sheridan wrote. The screenwriter revealed that Sicario 2 doubles down on the hardened aspects of the first film:
“Lionsgate understood that they bought something that was a spec [on the first film]. So there was a certain amount of latitude they had to give me [on the sequel]. What usually would be a long meeting about what’s this character about, what’s his arc—we didn’t have that. They trusted me to just go do it, and with Sicario, which I’m really proud of, it really approaches some difficult subjects. I didn’t want to demean that with the second one. So I really wrote something I double dared them to actually make. Ten times more unsentimental, more vicious and really reflective… It’s funny a lot of people think Sicario‘s about the drug war and the cartels. It’s not. It’s a movie about American policy and the way that we police and [Sicario 2] is that on steroids.”