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Emily Blunt’s character written out of Sicario 2

Screenwriter says that leading actor won’t return for sequel Soldado, but co-stars Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin have roles

The screenwriter behind the hit crime thriller Sicario and its upcoming sequel, Soldado, has revealed that he is writing Emily Blunt’s character out of the followup. Speaking to The Wrap, Taylor Sheridan said: “That was my decision, and at some point I’m going to have to talk to her about it.”

In the 2015 movie, Blunt played an FBI agent who must navigate a complex web of double bluffs to take down a Mexican drug cartel. Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin play her colleague and boss respectively; the first film ends – spoiler alert – with Blunt’s character unable to exact revenge for a series of professional compromises.

Sheridan said: “Her arc was complete … I couldn’t figure out a way to write a character that would do her talent justice. 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.”

He 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 [her character] somewhere else down the road.”

Sicario made $85m (£68m) from a production budget of $30m. Following its Cannes premiere, it made many critics’ lists of the best films of 2015. Its director, Denis Villeneuve, followed it with the alien-language-deciphering drama Arrival, and is completing a sequel to Blade Runner, due next year. The Italian film-maker Stefano Sollima will replace him in the director’s chair.

Source: The Guardian

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Tom Hanks and Emily Blunt to Host ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Lady Gaga to Perform

“Saturday Night Live” has announced two more hosts and performers for the month of October.

Emily Blunt will host the Oct. 15 show with musical guest Bruno Mars. Blunt is promoting her new film “The Girl on the Train,” which opens in theaters this weekend.

Then, on Oct. 22, Tom Hanks will take the stage, while Lady Gaga performs. Gaga’s album “Joanne” will be released a day prior on Oct. 21.

This visit will mark Hanks’ ninth time hosting the live sketch comedy show. His first appearance was in 1985. The actor’s latest film, “Inferno” — part of the “Da Vinci Code” series — hits theaters Oct. 28. He also stars in “Sully,” which opened in September.

Margot Robbie kicked off the 42nd season of “SNL”on Oct. 1 with musical guest The Weeknd. The show also introduced Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump, who will almost certainly reappear at least throughout the season. What’s more, the NBC staple is also welcoming three new cast members this season — Mikey Day, Alex Moffat, and Melissa Villaseñor. The three made their debut during the season opener as well.

“Hamilton” creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda will make his “SNL” hosting debut on Oct. 8 with music from Twenty One Pilots.

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Emily Blunt to Make SNL Hosting Debut

The Girl on the Train is hopping off at Studio 8H.

Emily Blunt will make her Saturday Night Live hosting debut next month, TVLine has learned exclusively. An NBC spokesperson declined to comment, but I’m hearing the actress will headline the Oct. 15 edition (which falls one week after the release of her new thriller, The Girl on the Train).

Margot Robbie will kick off Season 42 this Saturday, with The Weeknd serving as musical guest. And as reported earlier today, the Oct. 8 show will be fronted by Hamilton phenom Lin-Manuel Miranda.

SNL enters its new season down three cast members, including veterans Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah and one-and-done featured player Jon Rudnitsky.

To fill the void, EP Lorne Michaels has hired a trio of newbies: SNL writer Mikey Day, male improv performer Alex Moffat and Latina impressionist/actor Melissa Villaseñor.

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Disney announces ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ with stars Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda

Disney has officially announced a sequel to the 1964 classic “Mary Poppins” called “Mary Poppins Returns” with Rob Marshall directing and starring Golden Globe Award winner Emily Blunt (“Into the Woods,” the upcoming “Girl on the Train”) and Emmy, GRAMMY, Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton,” “In the Heights”).

The same production team that created “Into the Woods” will be reuniting with this new project as it will be produced by Marshall, Emmy winner and Golden Globe® nominee John DeLuca and Oscar, Emmy and Tony Award® nominee and Golden Globe winner Marc Platt. Oscar nominee David Magee will be writing the screenplay, which will be based on The Mary Poppins Stories by P.L. Travers.

“I am truly humbled and honored to be asked by Disney to bring P.L. Travers’ further adventures to the screen. The iconic original film means so much to me personally, and I look forward to creating an original movie musical that can bring Mary Poppins, and her message that childlike wonder can be found in even the most challenging of times, to a whole new generation,” says Marshall.

More info on the upcoming film was provided by Disney’s press release:

Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

“Mary Poppins Returns” will be released December 25, 2018.

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Emily Blunt Shares Her Secret for Getting Lost in Character

It was a completely alien world to me. I don’t have the guts. I spoke to four women in the FBI — I based Kate on one of the women that had the innate toughness and cool essence to her personality, and yet she was quite shy.

My character goes through an extremely difficult experience: She is highly skilled, but she’s thrown into a world she finds incoher­ent. The most challenging part of playing Kate was trying to show a character who is not naive but has a pure moral compass, who is tough but also over her head.

She is not one thing. It is a film about the gray matter of the war on drugs — and humanity.

The toughest scene was when Jon Bernthal’s Ted attacks me in my apartment: There needed to be a desperate struggle that was not over-choreographed.

The adrenaline and the reality of feeling very overpowered by some­one bigger and stronger than you seeps through your skin, whether you want it to or not. I have never been an actor to take my work home with me, but after that physical conflict, I got home and didn’t sleep for two nights.

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