Director Stefano Sollima’s sequel to 2015’s very fine Sicario is missing a pretty major component of the original – and that is Emily Blunt’s character Kate Macer. Screenwriter Taylor Sheridan previously revealing it was his idea not to see Kate return – but now Sollima has shared his own thoughts on why Kate couldn’t be a part of Day of the Soldado. Speaking to ‘Business Insider’, he explained:
“Emily Blunt is an amazing actress, but her role was sort of a moral guidance for the audience. In Sicario: Day of the Soldado we don’t have that. This is closer to my vision of storytelling. I prefer not to have a moral guidance for the audience.”
“You have some code of the genre that you’re playing with, and this means you are going to tell the dark side of something with a lot of action. But if you’re smart enough, through the lens of the genre, you can reflect on the reality of the world around you.”
As to why he’s made a sequel in the first place:
“I knew the audience would wonder why we were doing a sequel to such a beautiful movie, but I felt the idea was so original. We weren’t making a franchise, but more of a saga. We’re now exploring this world with different points of view.”
I’ll be finding out myself whether it was all worth it later on today, and you’ll be able to read my review either late this evening or tomorrow morning!