Robert De Niro rumoured for Machete?

Robert Rodriguez is planning his cast...

While we're filing this one strictly under Rumour Control, it's certainly interesting: Robert De Niro might be joining the Machete movie.

Robert Rodriguez has been harboring plans for a while to turn his Grindhouse trailer into a full fledged riot of violence and blood.

And now Bloody Disgusting has a tip that he is lining up cast members.

The biggest name? Robert De Niro. He's apparently planning to play an evil senator in the film, taking over the role from Jeff Fahey, who appeared in the original trailer.

Also considering parts are Jonah Hill and Michelle Rodriguez, playing characters named Julio and Luz.

If they have signed, they'll be joining Machete himself, Danny Trejo.

For those who have never seen the trailer (embedded above and decidedly NSFW) it's the tale of a former Federale in hiding as a day labourer who is hired to assassinate a politician.

But it's a double cross, and his corrupt boss leaves him for dead. Machete, however, is not a man to cross...

Rodriguez will apparently start shooting on July 29, with co-directing duties handled by Ethan Maniquis.

We're sure he'll spill more at Comic Con, so keep your browser pointed here for more info.

[Source: Bloody Disgusting]

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    • hamsolo77

      Jul 17th 2009, 13:47

      Surely Jeff Fahey would be much better in this role... however to be honest this film shouldn't be made as the concept should stay as a trailer and not ruin the joke...

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    • MadMatt

      Jul 17th 2009, 17:08

      Makes me feel a bit sorry for Jeff Fahey. He was great in Grindhouse and deserves a shot at this.

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    • donna81503

      Jul 17th 2009, 19:06

      Robert Deniro? Jeff Fahey made the trailer, he should be in it. As well the other actors who contributed. What is Rodriguez thinking?

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    • MadMatt

      Jul 18th 2009, 1:45

      I tried posting this earlier and it didn't work, so I'll try again: I rewatched the trailer, and Fahey doesn't actually seem to play the senator as mentioned in the news item, he plays the man who wants to have the senator killed. So perhaps he's still in it.

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