Lionsgate’s barrage of promotional material for Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming narcotics thriller Sicario continues today with an all-new featurette and clip, with the later pitting Emily Blunt into the line of fire as a rookie and idealistic FBI agent.
Layering on the tense anxiety gleaned from trailers past, if footage from Villeneuve’s cartel drama fails to get your pulse pounding we’re not sure what will. Assuming the role of a newbie enforcer Kate Macer, Blunt’s character is recruited by an elite governmental squad specifically designed to be the best in the business when it comes to handling drug problems in and around the Mexican border, be that breaching and clearing safe houses or stalking a potential kingpin.
Alongside Blunt for the actioner is Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro, who star as the morally questionable driving forces behind the task force. It’s Del Toro’s consultant character who proves to be the most enigmatic, though, and as Sicario unfolds, Blunt’s newcomer begins to question her own allegiances after being exposed to a criminal underworld.
Behind the camera, Sicario marks the reunion between the director and his regular, esteemed cinematographer Roger Deakins, who partnered for 2013’s excellent character drama Prisoners. Having assembled a star-studded cast once again, we’re confident that Villeneuve’s thriller is as considerate with character building as it is tense action sequences.
Sicario infiltrates select theaters on September 24.
In Mexico, SICARIO means hitman. In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent [Emily Blunt] is enlisted by an elite government task force official [Josh Brolin] to aid in the escalating war against drugs. Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past [Benicio Del Toro], the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive.