Open Road Films has announced it’s picked up Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete Kills,” and has given the movie a tentative release date.
We’ve been tracking the status of this film since it was announced, and now we’ve learned that Open Road plans to distribute the film in 2013. Nothing more specific than that, but it’s something to look forward to.
“Machete Kills” wrapped filming at the end of July, but hasn’t found a home until now. The movie stars Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba, Lady Gaga, Vanessa Hudgens, Charlie Sheen, Mel Gibson, Sofia Vergara, Alexa Vega, Cuba Gooding Jr., Edward James Olmos, William Sadler, Heard, Zoe Saldana and Demian Bechir. ‘
The above image, released by Open Road, is the first we’ve seen of Heard’s character in the movie, and it looks like she plays Miss San Antonio. We wouldn’t be surprised if she’s more than meets the eye, though.
In “Machete Kills,” the U.S. President (Sheen) recruits Machete (Trejo) to stop an arms dealer (Gibson) from launching a deadly weapon that will spread war and anarchy throughout the world. No word yet on a specific release date, but we’re just happy we get to see this movie next year.
During an interview with Extra earlier this year, Gibson explained why he wanted to join the project.
“The last one was a real goof,” he said. “[My character’s] an evil genius. He’s kind of like a Bond villain in a gutter, and he’s also a gourmet chef.”
Rodriguez added, “Mel is the only one I was interested in [for the villain role].”