Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin go head-to-head in Stefano Sollima’s Sicario: Day of the Soldado. The film is a sequel to the critically acclaimed Sicario, which dealt with the escalating conflict between the US government and Mexican drug cartels, with Brolin, Del Toro and Emily Blunt in lead roles.
Day of the Soldado focuses on covert operative Alejandro Gillick (Del Toro) as he goes on the run from the US government and CIA agent Matt Graver (Brolin) to protect Isabela Reyes, the daughter of a powerful crime boss. There’s more to it than that, but the storyline isn’t easy to recap without spoilers.
Luckily, the movie boasts an impressive cast of actors for us to focus on. Day of the Soldado comes to theaters on June 29. Let’s take a look at the people bringing Sicario back into the big screen.
Josh Brolin returns as CIA agent Matt Graver, who is tasked with stopping Mexican drug cartels from smuggling terrorists across the border. Graver brings in his former partner, Alejandro Gillick, to help carry out his mission. Together, Graver and Gillick kidnap the daughter of a crime boss to create conflict among the cartels. Their mission goes south, however, and Graver is ordered to kill the girl. When Gillick escapes with her, the hardened CIA agent sets out to find them.
Brolin jumped into the spotlight at a young age with The Goonies, and on to earn critical acclaim with roles in No Country For Old Men, W., Inherent Vice and Milk. Brolin is no stranger to television, having starred in Private Eye and ABC’s The Young Riders. 2018 has already been a huge year for him, with starring roles in Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2.
Benicio del Toro
Benicio del Toro once again plays Alejandro Gillick, a ruthless undercover operative who’s hired by Graver to kidnap Isabela Reyes. Gillick and Graver accomplish their mission, but they’re soon ordered to kill the girl. Despite his notoriously ruthless nature, Alejandro refuses to comply. Instead, he escapes with Isabela and vows to protect her from Graver and the US government.
Del Toro found early success in Hollywood thanks to his role as Fred Fenster in The Usual Suspects. He continued to gain popularity with films like The Way of the Gun, Excess Baggage, and Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas. In 2001, the actor was honored with an Oscar for his performance in Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic. Del Toro has been swept into blockbusters, too, with roles in films like Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Isabela Moner stars as Isabela Reyes, the young girl targeted by the US government after becoming a witness in a covert operation. Isabela and Gillick form an unlikely partnership as they go on the run.
Moner, meanwhile, is on the rise. She rose to prominence thanks to her starring role in Nickelodeon’s 100 Things To Do Before High School, then broke into the blockbuster scene with Transformers: The Last Knight in 2017. The actress continued her run on the big screen with The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature. Moving forward, Moner is expected to headline the live-action Dora The Explorer movie.
Catherine Kenner joined the cast of Sicario: Day of the Soldado in 2016. Not much is known about Keener’s character (her name has yet to be revealed), but she’ll be in charge of overseeing Matt Graver as he takes on the Mexican drug cartels. Keener’s acting career began on television, but she quickly made her way to the big screen.
Keener’s breakout role came in Johnny Suede in 1991. She went on to star in Living In Oblivion, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, and The Interpreter. Keener was also honored with Oscar nominations for her performances in Being John Malkovich and Capote. You can also hear her as the voice of Evelyn Deavor in The Incredibles 2. We’re excited to see what Keener brings to the world of Sicario, given her commanding screen presence.
Manuel Garcia-Rulfo plays Gallo, a ruthless crime boss with a knack for violence and sadism. Not much else is known about Garcia-Rulfo’s character, but one thing’s for sure: he’s a dangerous new player in the Sicario franchise. Garcia-Rulfo’s first significant role in an American film came in Bless Me, Ultima, an adaptation of the 1972 novel by Rudolfo Anaya.
He went on to appear in Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven and Kenneth Branagh’s Murder On The Orient Express. The actor is also familiar with television, having appeared in Fox’s Touch and From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. Garcia-Rulfo is a versatile performer, so it will be intriguing to see him transform into a dangerous kingpin.
Jeffrey Donovan reprises his role as Steve Forsing from Sicario. In Day of the Soldado, Forsing assists Brolin’s Matt Graver and Benicio del Toro’s Alejandro Gillick in instigating a conflict between the Mexican cartels.
Donovan rose to prominence after starring alongside Vera Farmiga in the USA Network’s Touching Evil. The actor achieved mainstream popularity thanks to his leading role as Michael Western in Burn Notice. He also starred as Charlie Haverford, a failed magician-turned psychic, in Hulu’s Shut Eye. Donovan has enjoyed a prolific career on film as well, having appeared in movies like Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, J. Edgar and LBJ.
Matthew Modine portrays Secretary of Defense James Ridley. In the film, Ridley enlists the help of Brolin’s Matt Graver to put an end to the Mexican cartels’ terrorist activities.
Modine earned recognition through his roles in Streamers, Full Metal Jacket and Short Cuts. Modine has also had a big presence on television. The actor starred in HBO’s Too Big To Fail and appeared in the third season of Weeds as corrupt politician Sullivan Groff. Most recently, Modine starred in Netflix’s Stranger Things as Dr. Martin Brenner. Not much is known about his role in Day of the Soldado, but given his track record, we’re excited to see what he brings to the film.
Sicario: Day of the Soldado arrives in theaters on June 29, 2018.