Internationally, he is best known for his crime-thrillers Prisoners and Sicario. Breakthrough
He followed that up with the controversial, but critically acclaimed film Polytechnique (2009) about the shootings that occurred at the Montreal university. Villeneuve"s career exploded further with his film Incendies (2010) which received critical acclaim after it premiered at the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals in 2010.
Incendies was subsequently chosen to represent Canada at the 83rd Academy Awards in the category of Best Foreign Language Film and was eventually nominated for the award.
In January 2011 he was selected as one of the top ten filmmakers to watch. Incendies was named by the New York Times as one of the "10 Best Films of 2011."
Villeneuve followed Incendies with the popular film Prisoners (2013), starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Prisoners is currently ranked #230 on IMDb.com"s "Top 250 Films Of All Time" list, which is ranked by popular vote. In May 2014, it was revealed Villeneuve would direct the film Story of Your Life, based on the short story by author Ted Chiang, from an adapted script by Eric Heisserer.
Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner star in the film.
Principal photography on the film began on June 7, 2015 in Montreal. Villeneuve directed the crime thriller film Sicario, scripted by Taylor Sheridan, and starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Delegate Toro, and Josh Brolin. The film competed for the Palme d"Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
lieutenant screened to positive reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 and went on to become a commercial success, grossing nearly $80 million worldwide.
In February 2015, it was announced that Villeneuve would direct the sequel to Blade Runner. Harrison Ford will reprise his role, and it will take place several decades after the original.
Ridley Scott is set to produce the film for Warner Brothers Ryan Gosling has been set to star alongside Ford.