'Machete Kills' Adds Amber Heard, Demian Bichir And Michelle Rodriguez

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Only Robert Rodriguez would be able to bring together the eclectic cast required for "Machete Kills."

The latest trio to join the upcoming "Machete" sequel's line-up are Amber Heard, Demian Bichir and Michelle Rodriguez, Variety reports. Rodriguez appeared in "Machete" as well, while Bichir and Heard are new additions to the franchise. Heard will play a femme fatale who is a "manipulative assassin code-named Miss San Antonio," according to the report, while Bichir's role is being kept under wraps.

Ever since "Machete Kills" was officially announced last month, actors have been flocking to the project. After the jump, check out the scoop on other big part in the flick.

We were excited enough (and, honestly, a bit perplexed) when we learned that Mel Gibson, Hollywood's pariah-in-residence, was in talks for a supporting role in the movie, but now it's becoming clear that he'll be playing its villain. Variety reports that Machete (Danny Trejo) has been hired by the U.S. government to "stop an arms dealer (Gibson) from launching a deadly missile." While there could be other baddies going up against Machete as well, it seems like Gibson is going to be at the center of the conflict in this film. Art, indeed, imitates life.

"Machete Kills" also stars Jessica Alba and, potentially, Antonio Banderas. It's set to begin production (far from Tinseltown) in Austin later this month. Rodriguez will once again step into the director's chair.

"It's such a fun movie, and it just came out even more fun than I could have imagined," he said about the script in an interview last month. “I feel like I really need to do it. It’s so subjective I feel like I really need to get in there and do it. It’s just a lot of fun; it’s a really cool concept, and I think it takes it to another level in a way that’s compelling for me to go and do it myself."

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