Emily Blunt to Star in PRISONERS Director Denis Villeneuve’s Next Film SICARIO

     April 2, 2014


Filmmaker Denis Villeneuve is a busy guy.  Last fall saw the release of his Hugh Jackman thriller Prisoners, his head-scratching/terrifying Enemy with Jake Gyllenhaal is in theaters now, and this morning we learned that he’ll be teaming up with Amy Adams on sci-fi thriller called Story of Your Life.  However, before he delves into sci-fi, he’ll first direct a thriller called Sicario starring Emily Blunt.  Variety reports that Blunt will lead the pic as an officer from Tuscon who travels across the border to Mexico with a pair of mercenaries in order to track down a drug lord.  That’s a promising premise with Villeneuve attached to direct, but what’s most exciting about the project is that it’s a female-led thriller with an incredibly talented actress in the lead role.

Hit the jump for more on Villeneuve’s next project and why it’s an admirable choice for the director.

emily-blunt-sicarioPer Variety, Villeneuve will shoot Sicario this summer, and then he’ll begin production on Story of Your Life in early 2015.  That’s certainly an ambitious—and interesting—pair of follow-ups, and I’m curious to see if one of them will be more studio-driven while the other more cerebral, like with Prisoners and Enemy, respectively.

It’s also nice to see Villeneuve using his clout to get two female-driven projects off the ground.  With massive successes like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen, hopefully studios are starting to be more conscious of the fact that 1.) female audiences are underserved and 2.) a strong female character is not a character that simply “kicks-ass” or acts like “one of the boys.”

Blunt will be seen this summer opposite Tom Cruise in the promising sci-fi actioner Edge of Tomorrow, and she also stars in Disney’s star-studded musical Into the Woods, which opens this Christmas.

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