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Emily Blunt hits it lucky with role in new thriller Sicario

By Helen Pye

Emily Blunt said she felt "lucky" that the film studio behind new crime thriller Sicario took a chance on a female lead as she trod a wet red carpet at the UK premiere.

Blunt (32), had previously revealed that writer Taylor Sheridan was offered more money by film financiers to rewrite her FBI agent character as male.

"We were lucky we had a writer and director and literally a studio who were willing to make it with just a woman in the female protagonist role," she said.

In Sicario - hitman in Spanish - Blunt plays FBI agent Kate Macer, who joins a government taskforce assigned to help end the escalating war on drugs, with Benicio del Toro playing a sinister figure in the operation.

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