Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Machete’ May Have Its Cast

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machete Robert Rodriguezs Machete May Have Its Cast

Bloody Disgusting recently got a hot tip from one of their regular and reliable sources, which claims that Robert Rodriguez’s full-length version of the Grindhouse faux trailer, Machete, may have snagged part of its cast. The Playlist is also reporting similar casting rumors. It goes without saying that Danny Trejo will be back as the titular, blade-wielding Machete - but who is rumored to be joining him? I give you four names: Robert De Niro, Steven Seagal, Michelle Rodriguez and Jonah Hill.

No, you didn’t just imagine reading that…

Michelle Rodriguez (The Fast and the Furious, Lost) is the most believable of the Machete casting news rumors, primarily because there’s nothing that raises eyebrows or evokes any sort of “WTF?!” response when her name and the movie get mentioned in the same sentence. She is reported to be playing a character called Luz. Jonah Hill’s (Superbad) name being mentioned is a bit surprising considering he’s only ever swam in the comedy pool – perhaps he’ll sidestep into horror soon and be able to use the comedy/spoof-horror that is Machete to test if he’s right for the world of blood and violence.

At first mention Seagal may seem like an eyebrow-raising name to throw in the Machete mix, but the more I think about it, the more it kind of makes a weird sort of sense. With the crappy low-budget, straight-to-DVD movies which have been his bread and butter over the last few years, starring in Rodriguez’s ode to the violent B-movies may make more sense than Batman fighting bad guys.

However, the most surprising name that’s been mentioned for Machete is undoubtedly Robert De Niro. If he is involved with Machete, it would be the most random casting move in a long time. De Niro did star in Rodriguez’s Grindhouse pal Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown in the late ’90s, so I guess you could count that as a link of sorts. De Niro is mentioned in Bloody-Disgusting’s scoop as playing Senator McLaughlin;if you’ve seen the original Machete fake trailer (if you haven’t, you can check it out here), McLaughlin was who Machete was being hired to kill before he was double-crossed.

As Bloody-Disgusting points out, of course these pieces of casting info have to be treated as rumor suntil we get some sort of confirmation. But taking it at face value for now what do you think of Robert De Niro and Steven Seagal being mentioned?

Machete is slated for a release sometime in 2010.

Source: Bloody-Disgusting (via Collider) and ThePlaylist

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  1. If the De Niro casting rumor turns out to be true, it would be effing brilliant! I’ve always thought De Niro had a great sense of humor, loved him in — strange to say — Analyze This.

  2. @hamlet3k

    De Niro was also really funny in Stardust, so i can see him in a funny role, but in Machete, i kinda see him as a main villian

  3. Danny Trejo is AWESOME its about time that he’s getting his own movie ( so to speak ).
    As for the casting ……………I’m not gonna hold my breath but I hope its all true ,
    that would be SO F##CKING COOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    p.s. on the subject of funny Deniro flicks , we CANNOT overlook Midnight Run ( one of my Deniro favs !!!! )

  4. @HuggyBear, run out and purchase “Brazil” you’ll love it…One of DeNiros classics and also a great film!!!

    “Machete” if done in the grindhouse style and with these actors (I’ll totally overlook Jonah Hill) would be freeken awesome!!! if Seagal gets into shape for this like Mickey Rourke did it could be his comeback film !!!

    Wait maybe we should rethink this??? Hmmmm
    Damn its great casting. If they could get Kurt Russell in there I’m willing to deal with a Seagal comeback…
    Hmmmmmm,,,,

  5. I like it, sometimes strange casting combinations work, sometimes they don’t. My friends and I always hoped this movie would happen. I hope Cheech is in there too.

  6. @stuntmanJ,

    Oh, I would be SHOCKED if Cheech Marin wasn’t back as the priest we saw in the fake trailer. He’s worked with Rodriguez many-a-time (he played three different characters in his From Dusk Till Dawn!), so I think you can pretty much guarantee he’ll be back for this.

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