New Sicario: Day of the Soldado trailer features Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro starting a war

Sicario: Day of the Soldado takes what director Denis Villeneuve did in his high-octane drug cartel drama film from 2015 and kicks things up a dozen notches. A new trailer for the sequel film released on Monday proves that. 

USA Today exclusively revealed the trailer, which features two familiar faces: stars Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro, who reprise their roles as CIA operative Matt Graver and "man on fire" Alejandro Gillick, respectively. Both original Sicario actress Emily Blunt, who portrayed FBI Critical Incident Response Group agent Kate Macer, and director Villeneuve don't make a return for the follow-up. But that shouldn't send viewers packing. Stefano Sollima directs Sicario: Day of the Soldado, and based on what's shown in the trailer, he does an excellent job of recreating the intensity of the first movie. 

The clip sees Brolin's Graver and del Toro's Alejandro teaming up to "start a war with everyone" and settle old scores. In order to do so, the two concoct a plan to kidnap Isabela Reyes (played by Isabela Moner), the teenage daughter of the nefarious kingpin named Carlos Reyes, the same one who killed Alejandro's family. Their mission goes relatively to plan until they're suddenly exposed, and when Graver orders Alejandro to murder Isabela, "the killer's cold façade cracks" as he decides whether he should carry out the original plan or execute an innocent girl, just like the cartels did to his daughter. 

Del Toro said of his character and his struggle, "This is a man bent on revenge for what the cartels have done, killing his daughter and family. Now he finds himself on a new assignment … He has the chance [to get] an eye for an eye, but sees a young girl going through what his daughter went through. He has to decide to follow orders or protect the girl. It's just one thing about this screenplay that makes it interesting."

Sicario: Day of the Soldado, previously known as Sicario 2: Soldado, also stars Jeffrey Donovan as Steve Forsing, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Gallo, Matthew Modine as James Ridley, David Castaneda as Hector, Elijah Rodriguez as Miguel Hernandez, Ian Bohen as Carson Wright, Jake Picking as Shawn, and Jackamoe Buzzell as Commander Willett. 

You can catch Sicario: Day of the Soldado in theaters on June 29.