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Machete is an upcoming film by Robert Rodriguez. It is an expansion of a fake trailer Rodriguez directed for the 2007 film Grindhouse. It will star Danny Trejo (in his first lead role) as the title character. The film also stars Jeff Fahey, Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan, and Cheech Marin.


Machete is a renegade former "Mexicanmarker Federale". He roams the streets of Texas after a shakedown from drug lord Torrez. Benz, a spin doctor, tells Machete that McLaughlin, a corrupt senator, is sending hundreds of illegal immigrants out of the country and that he must be killed. He offers him $150,000 to kill McLaughlin. Attempting to assassinate the senator, Machete is double-crossed and is shot in the neck. Now on the run and being tracked by Sartana, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent with a special interest in the blade slinger, Machete goes after Benz and his men with the help of his "holy" brother Padre, a saucy meat cleaver-wielding taco slinger named Luz, and April, a socialite with a penchant for guns.


  • Danny Trejo as Machete, a renegade and dangerous former Mexican federale and labor worker who gets hired for a job to assassinate a corrupt senator but is later betrayed and goes out for revenge against his former boss
  • Michelle Rodriguez as Luz, a saucy taco slinger
  • Lindsay Lohan as April, a socialite with a penchant for guns
  • Cheech Marin as Padre Benecio del Toro, his "holy" brother that helps him
  • Jessica Alba as Sartana, an immigration customs enforcement agent who is tracking him down
  • Robert De Niro as Senator McLaughlin, the corrupt Senator
  • Steven Seagal as Torrez, a drug lord
  • Jeff Fahey as Michael Benz, Machete's boss who hires him for the assassination
  • Don Johnson as Lt. Stillman
  • Rose McGowan as Cherry Darling, Will appear in the fake trailer at the beginning of the movie
  • Elise and Electra Avellan as The Sexy Nurses
  • Cheryl Chin as Torrez Henchwoman, a cold blooded killer and Torrez's right hand woman
  • Tom Savini
  • Daryl Sabara as Julio
  • Carlos Gallardo
  • Tito Larriva can be seen in the trailer.


At South by Southwest, Rodriguez announced that he would be expanding his trailer for Machete into a feature-length film.

According to Rodriguez, the origins of the film go back to Desperado. He says, "When I met Danny, I said, 'This guy should be like the Mexican Jean-Claude Van Damme or Charles Bronson, putting out a movie every year and his name should be Machete.' So I decided to do that way back when, never got around to it until finally now. So now, of course, I want to keep going and do a feature." In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Rodriguez said that he wrote the screenplay back in 1993 when he cast Trejo in Desperado. "So I wrote him this idea of a federale from Mexico who gets hired to do hatchet jobs in the U.S. I had heard sometimes FBImarker or DEA have a really tough job that they don't want to get their own agents killed on, they'll hire an agent from Mexico to come do the job for $25,000. I thought, 'That's Machete. He would come and do a really dangerous job for a lot of money to him but for everyone else over here it's peanuts.' But I never got around to making it."

During Comic-Con International 2008, he took the time to speak about Machete, including such topics as the film's status, possible sequels, and production priorities. It was also revealed that he has regularly pulled sequences from it for his other productions including Once Upon a Time in Mexico. Rodriguez hopes to film Machete at the same time as Sin City 2.

On August 27, 2009, Rodriguez filmed a pseudo political rally at the Capitol building in Austin, Texasmarker.

Trejo also plays a character by the name of Machete in Robert Rodriguez's Spy Kids films. It is unclear whether the two characters are the same.


Although originally announced to be released direct-to-DVD as an extra on the Planet Terror DVD, the film is now being produced as a theatrical release with a release date, for the USA, of 16 April 2010.


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