Emily Blunt is in negotiations to star in the crime thriller Sicario for director Denis Villeneuve.

The plot follows a Tuscon police officer who hires two mercenaries on a journey to track down a notorious drug lord in Mexico. No details have been given regarding Emily Blunt's character.

Taylor Sheridan (The Guardian) wrote the screenplay, with Basil Iwanyk, Thad Luckinbill, Molly Smith and Edward McDonnell producing.

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Production is scheduled to begin this summer. We reported earlier today that Denis Villeneuve is directing Story of Your Life starring Amy Adams, which he will start in early 2015 after wrapping on Sicario.

Emily Blunt will next be seen in the sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow and the musical Into the Woods.