French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve made his way onto Hollywood’s radar with his 2013 drama/thriller Prisoners. That film, which centered on two missing young girls, featured critically praised performances by Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, as well as Oscar-nominated cinematography by Roger Deakins (read our review).
Villeneuve followed that film with the well-regarded indie drama Enemy (also starring Gyllenhaal) and is set to reunite with Deakins for the much-talked-about followup to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic Blade Runner. However, before moviegoers see his take on replicants, Villeneuve will bring his latest film, Sicario, to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
Now, courtesy of the official TIFF YouTube channel, we have a new look at Sicario. The preview is less than half the length of the previously-released Sicario trailer, serving more as a teaser than anything else. Still, the taut nature of the story – which centers on idealistic government agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) joining an elite task force targeting the drug world – remains intact, and the performances from Blunt, Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin could very well gain momentum as the awards season nears.
In the last few years, Blunt seems like she’s been on a mission to establish herself as a force to be reckoned with onscreen. Having already played badass characters in genre fare like Looper and Edge of Tomorrow, Sicario – which translates to “hitman” in Spanish – just might be the boldest career move she’s made in that direction thus far.
Considering the persistent rumors that Blunt is destined to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe (as someone like Captain Marvel), perhaps it’s telling that – even in a film this far removed from the world of the Avengers – Blunt finds herself sharing the screen with three actors who already have secured places in the MCU. Both del Toro and Brolin appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy as The Collector and Thanos, respectively, and even Sicario supporting actor Jon Bernthal is set to appear as The Punisher in Daredevil season 2 in 2016.
If the latest footage is any indication, Sicario could be another undisputed success for Blunt and maybe – just maybe – serve as one of her final roles before finally bringing her particular brand of strong female figure to the MCU.
Sicario will screen at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival in September and hits U.S. theaters that same month, on September 18th.