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Machete Kills

Director Robert Rodriguez's action sequel is the opening night film of this year's Fantastic Fest . Who's in it? Who's not in it! Joining franchise…

Machete Kills Director Robert Rodriguez's action sequel is the opening night film of this year's Fantastic Fest. Who's in it? Who's not in it! Joining franchise mainstay Danny Trejo are Mel Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Charlie Sheen, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding Jr., The Bridge's Demián Bichir, and Lady Gaga. Rodriguez is also involved with curating Fantastic Market, a showcase for genre film projects looking to secure finance. (Rico Torres)

In a sequel to 2010’s cult hit Machete, Danny Trejo’s titular action hero must deal with a missile pointed at Washington, D.C., and a Bond-esque villain played by Mel Gibson. The film’s starry cast also includes (deep breath) Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Charlie Sheen (credited under his given name, Carlos Estévez), Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding Jr., The Bridge’s Demian Bichir, and Lady Gaga as a hitwoman called La Chameléon. How did Gaga get involved in the actionfest? ”After Machete came out, she said she should have been a part of it,” explains director Robert Rodriguez. ”I read that and I thought, ‘Wow, she must be a fan of Machete’ — and anyone who’s a fan of Machete I contact right away. I said, ‘If we ever do a sequel, I would love to put you in it.”’

Rodriguez compares Machete Kills to The Empire Strikes Back, hinting that the film’s conclusion sets up a third entry in the saga, Machete Kills Again, which, like Machete Kills, was promised at the end of the last installment. ”It really does leave you with the feeling that you want to see some completion, that there’s still work to be done,” he says. Bring on the molten carbonite!