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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 castingabq@gmail.com.

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