Denis Villeneuve is building a nice little resume for himself.

Although his earlier work was quite arthouse and esoteric, his later English-speaking work has garnered him high praise. Prisoners, for example, was one of the most critically-regarded films of 2013 whilst Enemy, although underseen in this part of the world, is a fascinating psychological thriller with a strong central performance by Jake Gyllenhaal.

Now that's he been tapped to direct the Blade Runner sequel, Villeneueve's shot his career into overdrive. Sicario, which debuted at this year's Cannes Film Festival, already has potential Oscars written on it already.

Emily Blunt plays an idealistic FBI agent in the borderlands between Mexico and the US, eager to make her mark in the so-called War on Drugs.

Along with her superior, Josh Brolin and a murky / mysterious-type played by Benicio Del Toro, things quickly spill out of control and threaten her life and the stability of the region.

Sicario, for those who don't speak Spanish, means hitman. So we're guessing Del Toro's the hitman in question.

At first, we had thoughts of Michael Mann doing a war movie, but has anyone seen where Michael Mann's been lately? Blackhat, for example?

Sicario is due for an Irish release in September of this year.