Web rumors have been circulating online today about Robert De Niro, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jonah Hill joining Robert Rodriguez’s Machete feature. Are they true? Well, a rep for DeNiro says “nothing is firm yet” between the actor and the project, but Hill’s rep flat-out denied the casting rumor altogether, labeling it “erroneous.” Likewise, Eleonora Avellan, an exec at Rodriguez’s Troublemaker Studios, said, “I don’t know where they’re coming from with that [casting information].” Avellan confirms to EW that the Machete project — based on a fake trailer (embedded below, NSFW) about a Mexican mercenary in 2007’s Grindhouse — is slated for 2010, but adds, “We’re still in development. Robert is working on the screenplay now.”
Nevertheless, EW talked to an inside source involved with the project who added into the casting rumor mix Lindsay Lohan and Steven Seagal, whose rep tells EW, “We are awaiting news” about the movie. (Reps for Lohan and Michelle Rodriguez have not yet responded to EW’s queries about the project.)
The one bit of casting that does seem certain is star Danny Trejo, of whom even Avellan says, “Without him, I don’t think there’s a Machete.”
Additional reporting by Adam Markovitz.