Zoe Saldana Joining the Stacked Female Line-Up for 'Machete Kills'?
For a guy whose first movie cost around $7,000, Robert Rodriguez has an impressive amount of connections in Hollywood these days. He worked with some of the industry's biggest stars in Sin City (and will again in the sequel), and his upcoming Machete sequel, Machete Kills, reunites him with original cast members Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jessica Alba, adds hotties Amber Heard and Sofia Vergara, and has Mel Gibson as the villain. Now it appears Rodriguez is using one more of his connections, because Trejo revealed in an interview with Moviehole that Zoe Saldana is the latest actress to join. More below!
There's no word yet on Saldana's, but Trejo did mention Vergara, Alba, Rodriguez, and Saldana altogether and said, "Guess what? I get to kiss all of ‘em." Oh, Machete, you scoundrel. Meanwhile, Robert Rodriguez spoke with Empire at Cannes and said the previous plot synopsis "was all fake." He elaborates:
"Machete is recruited by the President, that’s true, but there’s no cartel leader and the weapon in space is just one of our early story ideas. That said, there is still a space element, for sure. We’ve given the character a much bigger playground. It’s going to be like a James Bond movie, with a Bond-style villain.”
This isn't exactly a secretive J.J. Abrams or Christopher Nolan movie, so I'm not sure why they needed misdirection about a Machete sequel in the first place. Trejo has also said this will be "a lot more over-the-top" than the previous film, and I'm not sure if that's a great thing or not. I liked Machete, and I'm hoping they don't use the Crank series as a template because I loved that first movie and thought they went a little too far with the silliness on the second one. Thoughts?