First U.S. Indie to release in Saudi Arabia

First U.S. Indie to release in Saudi Arabia

Washington: ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ will be the first U.S. Indie title to release in Saudi Arabia after the religion-related ban on cinemas was lifted after 35 years here.

A sequel of 2015’s ‘Sicario’, the Mexico-set drug-trafficking thriller will hit the AMC theater in the Saudi capital of Riyadh on June 28, a day before its scheduled U.S. release, reported the Variety.

Featuring Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin reprising their roles, the film will also have Isabela Moner, Jeffrey Donovan, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and Catherine Keener joining the cast.

It is being distributed locally by Middle Eastern company Italia Film, which previously handled the revolutionary release of Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ in Saudi Arabia on April 18.

In a statement, Italia Film said that the Saudi release of the ultra-violent ‘Soldado’ was another great victory for the film industry and for film fans in Saudi Arabia.

Directed by Stefano Sollima, the thriller revolves around the drug war at the U.S.-Mexico border.