Well this is disappointing. Taylor Sheridan, the sceeenwriter of the excellent Sicario and the forthcoming sequel Soldado, has said that FBI agent Kate Mercer, played by Emily Blunt, won’t be returning. Speaking to The Wrap, Sheridan said:
“That was my decision, and at some point I’m going to have to talk to her about it. Her arc was complete, I couldn’t figure out a way to write a character that would do her talent justice. 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 [her character] somewhere else down the road.”
O well. At least Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro are returning for the film, which has Stefano Sollima replacing Denis Villeneuve [who is busy with a certain sequel to an 80’s sic-fi classic] in the director’s chair.