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It's pretty amazing that Robert Rodriguez was given the chance to actually make a sequel to 2010's Machete. Not only was the project born out of a flop - Grindhouse only making $25 million on a $67 million budget - but the first Machete didn't exactly blow the doors off of the box office, making only $26 million during its run.
Overnight Productions has filed a lawsuit against director Robert Rodriguez and his Quick Draw Productions in hopes of blocking the release of the sequel Machete Kills, which was picked up for distribution by Open Road last month. The dispute involves Texas tax-credit information, which Overnight claims they never received.
It was 11 years ago that Robert Rodriguez made 12-year-old child actress Alexa Vega a star by casting her as the pint-sized butt-kicker Carmen Cortez in the family-friendly action-comedy Spy Kids. But now, for their fifth collaboration, Rodriguez has given her a chance at a more mature role in Machete Kills. And from the first look of Vega as KillJoy, it's clear she's no longer the little girl we all remember.
There are a number of beautiful women featured in Robert Rodriguez's upcoming sequel Machete Kills. Not only are Michelle Rodriguez and Jessica Alba set to reprise their roles as Luz, and Sartana, respectively, they will be joined by the likes of Amber Heard, Sofia Vergara, Vanessa Hudgens and Alexa Vega. Sadly only one of them could be featured in the first official still from the new movie, but it looks like Amber Heard won the lottery as her character Miss San Antonio.
Robert Rodriguez has lined up some serious femme fatales for the upcoming Machete Kills. In addition to Michelle Rodriguez and Jessica Alba, who will be reprising their roles as Luz and Sartana, respectively, the sequel also includes actresses like Amber Heard, Sofia Vergara, Alexa Vega, Vanessa Hedgens. Oh, and apparently Lady Gaga.
For the sequel to his Grindhouse spin-off Machete, Machete Kills, director Robert Rodriguez has stuffed his cast with male stars who exude an unhinged sense of menace (Danny Trejo, Charlie Sheen, and Mel Gibson) and female stars who exude and unquestionable sex appeal like Jessica Alba, Amber Heard, and Sofia Vergara.
A direct sequel to 2010's Machete, Machete Kills features the return of Danny Trejo as the titular character, who finds himself teaming up with the U.S. government. As a freelance agent Trejo is sent into Mexico where he has been assigned to take out a ruthless weapons dealer (Mel Gibson) who threatens to launch a weapon into space. Also on board are Michelle Rodriguez, who returns as Luz, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Jessica Alba and Demian Bichir.
Trejo spoke openly about the upcoming sequel Machete Kills, focusing primarily on the ladies his killer-for-hire will be able to romance. "We’ve got Sofia Vergara, who is a star in her own right, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, and Zoe Saldana – and guess what? I get to kiss all of ‘em.”
As Robert Rodriquez's Machete Kills nears its June start date, more and more compelling cast announcements are being made. The latest from Variety not only confirms rumors that Mel Gibson will play the evil arms dealer whose out of this world ambitions spurs the U.S. government to call on the help of Danny Trejo's titular Grindhouse badass, but also reveals Modern Family firecracker Sofia Vergara has entered talks to join the feature's growing group of femme fatales...
Amber Heard has taken a role in Machete Kills. In addition to the aforementioned actors, both Danny Trejo and Jessica Alba are attached to return as the titular Machete and Sartana, respectively. Heard will be playing an assassin codenamed Miss San Antonio, though the trade doesn't say which side she will be working for. The story of the film sees Machete agreeing to work with the U.S. government to help stop an evil arms dealer (Gibson) from launching a missile and causing massive chaos.
Bichir will join to two thrilling new projects, one being William Friedkin's Trapped, and the other Robert Rodriguez's exploitation-inspired action feature Machete Kills. Sequel to the Danny Trejo-fronted Machete, this soon-to-shoot schlock-fest has the titular hero teaming up with the U.S. government
Those who stayed through the end credits of Lin’s Fast Five learned that Rodriguez’s character, Letty, had not died (as Vin Diesel’s Dom has believed), and that she has become the latest target of Dwayne Johnson’s relentless federal agent. The Fast series has transformed into a high-octane soap opera, so bringing a character like Letty back from the dead isn’t much of a stretch. That and I always thought she fit well with the brash attitude of the burly franchise.
It's fair to say even Rodriguez thinks this is stunt casting-- that's the whole grindhouse aesthetic, after all-- but is it a stunt worth doing? Sure Gibson is controversial pretty much no matter what, but he also seems kind of distracting, and maybe even a liability
Both characters make sense to return for the next adventure, though it's unclear where they might fit into the story, which finds Machete working with the U.S. government to take down a Mexican drug cartel leader. There are also still plans to round out the trilogy with Machete Kills Again
One of the most surprising news items of this week was that Robert Rodriguez had secured financing for Machete Kills, his sequel to the summer 2010 grindhouse feature Machete. According to the report, Rodriguez has teamed up with producer Alexander Rodnyansky and production is currently scheduled to begin in April. But if things aren't moving fast enough for you already, wait until you have a gander at this.
At the end of Machete, the Grindhouse follow-up from director Robert Rodriguez, the filmmaker made a pretty lofty promise. The credits sequence told audiences that they could expect two sequels to the film called Machete Kills and Machete Kills Again. The reason I call it a lofty promise is because Grindhouse was fairly notorious for underperforming at the box office, as people didn't seem super excited to bring back the format.
At the end of Robert Rodriguez's Machete, the director made a pretty steep promise: multiple sequels. Had the film been more successful it wouldn't be an issue, but the fact is that the movie made