We only needed to hear that Denis Villeneuve and Roger Deakins were reteaming after Prisoners to get on board for next feature, but thankfully, they’ve surrounded themselves with a top-notch cast. The crime drama Sicario, which is beginning production shortly, already has Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro taking part, and now we have two more worthy talents to add to the ensemble.

The 19th Annual Critics' Choice AwardsJosh Brolin will reteam with Deakins, taking the part of a CIA agent named Matt, according to Deadline. He’ll recruit Blunt’s character, a Tucson-based female cop who escorts two rangers to apprehend a drug kingpin. The story  specifically features a loophole in which mercenaries are legally allowed to cross the border of Mexico in order to bring in a drug lord.

THR also adds that Jon Bernthal (The Wolf of Wall Street, The Walking Dead) has been added as man named Ted, whose motivations have yet to be disclosed (perhaps the mercenary?). It’s already known that del Toro is taking the role of  an assassin hired by the U.S. government to help bring down the Cartels, which are responsible for the death of his family. With Lionsgate on board as distributors, hopefully a specific release window is announced soon, but we’d wager the fall of 2015 is a safe bet. In the meantime, watch two in-depth video analyses of the director’s last pair of films.

In related, far-less-interesting news, Latino Review have floated the rumor, and Variety have confirmed, that Brolin will take the role of baddie Thanos in Guardians of Galaxy. We suppose one has the patience to wait until August 1st to see how extensive his role will be, so check in then.

Is Sicario shaping up to be one of your most-anticipated of 2015?

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