Well, that’s what Lionsgate are apparently planning, though the focus will be on the mysterious hitman played in Sicario by Benicio Del Toro. The film – directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Taylor Sheridan – is causing quite the critical and commercial stir with what has so far been a limited release, and would no doubt have been just as compelling if the lead role had been male.
In only six theaters, Sicario managed to pull in $401,288 from September 18-20, making its per theater average of $66,881 the highest of the year. Josh Brolin co-stars as a morally flexible government operative.
Sicario sees the actress play an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who is enlisted by an elite force to tackle the drugs trade on the US-Mexico border.
On the subject of the sequel Patrick Wachsberger, co-chair of the studio’s motion picture group, mentioned he was talking to Villeneuve about the possibility of more films, and that one of the subjects of that discussion was “Where is Benicio going?”
Wachsberger added: “This movie has multiple Oscar potential – best movie, best director, best cinematography, best music, and, of course, the actors”.
He said he hopes that cinematographer Roger Deakins will get his “past due” award after getting nominated 12 times but never winning.
“I try not to get weighed down with what people are going to think of me”, she said.
Blunt said she found it odd that in 2015 someone still had to put their foot down to ensure a role went to a woman. That’s something you may not want to know if you’ve not seen the movie…
This is a movie that needs word of mouth.
Despite the strong box office response, the studio is going to roll out “Sicario” at a deliberate pace. “Sicario”? You have to Google that.