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It all started in 2007, with a supposedly fake trailer attached to the theatrical release of Grindhouse that quickly led director Robert Rodriguez and actor Danny Trejo to talk about transforming former Mexican Federale Machete Cortez into a full-blown star. That promise because reality in 2010 with the release of Machete, featuring the aforementioned duo, along with a cast that included Jessica Alba, Cheech Marin, Don Johnson, Robert De Niro, Steven Seagal and a slew of others.
Now, according to Deadline, Rodriguez is winding up for the second film in a supposed trilogy. Called Machete Kills, it will pit our blade-loving hero against an arms dealer and a cartel leader who have joined forces to create a weapon capable of attacking from space. Recruited by the U.S. government, Machete — possibly along with some of his pals who survived the first film — must put a stop to these megalomaniacs.
“The fan response to the Machete character has been fanatical since his first appearance,” Rodriguez said. “Machete is truly a super hero and Machete Kills will be bigger and more ambitious than the first time.”
Rodriguez and producer Alexander Rodnyansky are in talks with Trejo and other cast members to reprise their roles with an eye toward filming in April.