Robert Rodriguez may be in the midst of hypothetically picking up stars for Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, but the real movement has been going on behind the scenes of Machete Kills, Rodriguez's sequel to the 2010 Grindhouse delight, Machete. In the past couple weeks we've heard buzzing about Mel Gibson and both Demian Bichir and Michelle Rodriguez. But Rodriguez isn't done yet.

Variety has learned that 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. Heard had a very busy year last year, starring in Patrick Lussier's Drive Angry 3D, the short-lived NBC drama The Playboy Club, and The Rum Diary, with Johnny Depp. She will next be seen in Aram Rappaport's adaptation of Max Barry's Syrup, which also stars Kellan Lutz, Brittany Snow, Shiloh Fernandez, Toby Hemingway and Rachel Dratch.

Heard didn't have a lot of success last year, what with both of her movies flopping and her series getting cancelled, but here's hoping she can get back on her feet in the coming years. Production on Machete Kills begins later this month in Austin, Texas.

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