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06/27/2016

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06/16/2016

The unexpected follow-up to last year’s crime thriller ‘Sicario’ will make Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro its main characters, while it’s also been announced that it will be followed by a third instalment, too.

Director Stefano Sollima, who will replace Denis Villeneuve in the hot seat for the sequel, entitled ‘Soldado’, told the Independent, “[It’s a] completely different story with just two of the characters that you met in ‘Sicario’. The antagonists are now absolutely the main characters.”

But they’re not just stopping there, because the Italian director also confirmed to the publication, “The idea is to make three anthology movies with some of the core actors and [set] in the same world.”

This means that Josh Brolin’s CIA agent Matt Graver and Benicio Del Toro’s hitman Alejandro Gillick will lead the way. However we’re still not too sure if the follow-up will be set before or after their antics with Emily Blunt’s innocent FBI agent Kate Macer.

It’s already been confirmed that Blunt will be unable to return as she’s busy taking the titular role of ‘Mary Poppins’ in the upcoming remake, while Villeneuve is also off overseeing the ‘Blade Runner’ sequel.

This makes the inclusion of Brolin and Del Toro all the more important, because without them ‘Soldado’ and ‘Sicario 3 could have easily deflated. A connection between ‘Sicario’ and ‘Soldado’ has also been solidified by the return of screenwriter Taylor Sheridan, too.

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06/13/2016

New Mexico is getting another wave of heavy Hollywood hitters.

The film “Granite Mountain” will star Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Kitsch, James Badge Dale and Andie MacDowell.

“Granite Mountain” is based on the real-life Granite Mountain Hotshots, a firefighting squad that grew, against all odds, to become an elite group of wildland firefighters that courageously battled one of the worst wildfires in history — the Yarnell Hill Fire — to save an Arizona town.

The film will take an intimate look at the camaraderie of their daily lives, sacrifices and heroic moments.

According to the New Mexico Film Office, the film is being distributed by Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment.

The production will employ 190 New Mexico crew members, 40 New Mexico actors and about 1,300 New Mexico background talent.

Filming will take place in Santa Fe, Pajarito, White Rock, Nambe Pueblo, Los Alamos, Pecos and Las Vegas, N.M.

Production will also take place through early September and is slated to open on Sept. 22, 2017, according to the NM Film Office.

The film is being directed by Joseph Kosinski, who directed “Oblivion” and “Tron: Legacy.”

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06/08/2016

As Thanos, Josh Brolin has one of the sweetest gigs in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His character is mostly computer-generated, he’s only ever had a handful of lines, he has a cool rocket chair in Guardians Of The Galaxy, and he still gets to be the biggest villain in the whole universe. However, Avengers: Infinity War will make him get out of that rocket chair and actually do something for once, and it sounds like Brolin is really excited about the prospect of finally getting a chance to murder some superheroes.

Speaking with Moviefone (via IGN), Brolin said that he recently “sat at a table” and “listened to the [Infinity War] story from beginning to end,” which he seemed to be pretty happy with. He said that actors sometimes have to say something is “a great movie” or “a great experience” even though they don’t really mean it, but Infinity War “is the opposite.” He says the story is basically about Thanos “against everybody” and is “really fun” overall, adding that he was “blown away” by how “brilliant” it all was. He even claims that he “had goose pimples” for most of the time he was hearing the story, and he’s “pretty amazed” that he gets to be a part of it.

No plot details about Infinity War (which is reportedly just a working title) have been released, but it will most likely feature some of the same elements as Jim Starlin and George Pérez’s The Infinity Gauntlet comic. That story involved Thanos essentially becoming the supreme being of the entire universe, so it’s not especially surprising that the guy playing Thanos would be into that.

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06/01/2016

EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate and Black Label Media are getting closer to a production start on Soldado, the second installment of the drug war thriller that began with 2015’s Sicario. I’m told that Stefano Sollima is the front-runner to direct the second installment and should have the job shortly, with talks expected to wrap up quickly. Denis Villenueve directed the first film. Sollima is the Italian director who has made a number of memorably gritty crime thrillers but is best known for directing the Italian miniseries Gomorra and the features Suburra and A.C.A.B. (All Cops Are Bastards). Soldado was scripted by Taylor Sheridan. Black Label Media and Lionsgate are co-financing.

The sequel focuses on Alejandro Gillick, the shadowy Man on Fire-like protagonist played by Benicio Del Toro, and Josh Brolin’s CIA agent Matt Graver, who in the first film established themselves as hellbent on hunting down cartel kingpins, no matter what. The script by Sheridan — who wrote the original — has been very well received. Gone is the principled FBI agent character played by Emily Blunt. The subject matter is very topical, as Gillick and Graver concern themselves with what is being smuggled across the border between Mexico and the U.S. in the tunnels used to move drugs and illegal immigrants. Those tunnels also can be used to bring terrorists into the U.S.

The sequel is being produced by Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk, Black Label’s Molly Smith and Thad and Trent Luckinbill, and Edward McDonnell. I’m told that the plan is to move into production by the fall and that the talent all has sparked to Sollima. Final meetings with the studio are happening shortly. Sollima is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

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