Blunt starred in the original but she won't be joining co-stars Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin in the follow-up.

Taylor Sheridan, the screenwriter behind Sicario, has explained why Emily Blunt will not feature in the sequel.

Blunt starred in the acclaimed 2015 crime thriller as an FBI agent tasked with taking down a Mexican drug cartel. Though her co-stars Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin both have roles in the upcoming sequel, which has been titledSoldado, Blunt’s character Kate Macer will be absent.

“That was my decision, and at some point I’m going to have to talk to her about it,” Sheridan told TheWrap. “Her arc was complete… I couldn’t figure out a way to write a character that would do her talent justice.”

He continued: “Look what she went through. It was a difficult role. Here I write this lead character and then I use her as a surrogate for the audience. I make her completely passive against her own will so the audience feels the same impotence that a lot of law enforcement officers feel, I drag her through hell, and betray her in the end. It was an arduous journey for the character, and for Emily. That character had arc.”

Sicario Official Trailer #1 (2015) Emily Blunt Crime Drama Movie HD

Sicario Trailer 1 (2015) Emily Blunt Crime Drama Movie HD [Official Trailer]

Sheridan added: “What do you do next? She moves to some little town and becomes a sheriff and then gets kidnapped and then we have Taken? I had to tell the story that was true to this role, and I didn’t feel like I could create something with that character that would further that world that would do Emily’s character justice. That said, there could be room for Kate somewhere else down the road.”

The director of Sicario, Denis Villeneuve, is now working on the long-awaited Blade Runner sequel. Italian filmmaker Stefano Sollima has replaced him in the director’s chair and started shooting earlier this month (November) in Mexico.

READ: Sicario – The NME Review