That leathery face. That tough guy 'tude. That… refusal to text. Yes, it's time for more Machete, the character first introduced in a fake trailer in 2007's "Grindhouse" double feature by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez.
A crazy actioner with a sly political message hidden inside, "Machete" starred Danny Trejo as a former Federale agent who ends up in Texas, embroiled in a war between immigration, corrupt officials, and Shé, a mythical leader of an underground network helping illegal immigrants. Now it's time for Machete to kill again in... "Machete Kills." Succinct!
As if Machete didn't have enough to do in the first movie, the second will show him going up against an entire army in a fight against a drug cartel leader who's paired up with a crooked, crazy, and very rich arms dealer.
There's already a script in place, a tagline ("This time, they f**ked with the wrong Mexican!") and a tentative April start date, but nothing signed (in blood!) when it comes to the cast -- not even Trejo himself yet. And what's "Machete" without Machete? And who's left of the original cast that hasn't yet met a bloody end? Well, you'll have to see for yourself.
Rodriguez first mentioned that "Machete Kills" and "Machete Kills Again" weren't just post-credit jokes at 2011's San Diego Comic-Con. After a lot of false starts and hopeful chatter from Rodriguez about future projects (we're looking at you, "Red Sonja"), it might be a little too early to count our badass Mexican superheroes before they're hatched. That doesn't mean we can't get excited about it, though!