Sicario sequel starts filming in New Mexico
A sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s gritty drug cartel feature Sicario has started filming in New Mexico and will continue through to February.
The acclaimed Sicario (pictured) – meaning ‘hitman’ in Spanish – followed Emily Blunt’s idealistic FBI agent as she joined Benicio del Toro’s mysterious attorney and a team of CIA contractors to tackle a brutal drug cartel operating on the border between the US and Mexico.
Director Stefano Sollima’s follow-up is being made as Soldado – or ‘soldier’ – and this time focuses on Del Toro’s character as he makes a further deal with the CIA to take down a new common enemy in the Mexican underworld.
“After their highly successful project Sicario, we welcome back Black Label Media and Thunder Road with the follow-up film Soldado,” said Nick Maniatis, director of the New Mexico State Film Office.
“It's a great testament to New Mexicans and our thriving film industry when companies who work here are eager to return. And we are certainly eager to have them back.”
New Mexico offers a 25% filming incentive for features, which makes it a major production hub in the south-west US. Television series Get Shorty and supernatural drama Midnight, Texas also recently announced New Mexico shoots.
For more on filming in New Mexico see our production guide.
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