Robert Rodriguez's upcoming film Machete, starring Danny Trejo and based on the fake trailer of the same title from Robert's 2007 collaboration Grindhouse, with Quentin Tarantino, will now see the best friends teaming up once again to deliver the retro goods according to a rumour. Sometime this month, Tarantino will apparently film a fake trailer to precede Machete, titled Agent Orange.
Our source indicates that it will be set in 1975 and will feature Tim Roth as Agent Ringo Orange, a British soldier who wants to restart the Vietnam war. Roth will share the screen in the trailer with Rick Yune, who will play Li Chan, Orange's South Vietnamese sidekick. It will also star Sacha Baron Cohen as Colonel Weathers, and Stacy Keach as Doc Franklin, the rumoured antagonist.
Not only will a fake trailer play just before the main attraction, but a second will bring the Machete experience to a close. Ethan Maniquis, long time editor of Rodriguez's films and co-director on Machete, will also be directing Die, Machete, Die!, a trailer for a proposed sequel, starring Danny Trejo and Inglourious Basterds' Til Schweiger.
With Machete being born out of a trailer three years ago, what does the future hold for Agent Orange? Will Tarantino's first ever fake trailer lead on to a bigger and brighter one for Mr Ringo Orange? Machete has an all-star cast featuring Robert De Niro, Steven Seagal, Cheech Marin, Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Alba and Michelle Rodriguez.
The film will be slicing its way into cinemas this autumn, and I personally can't wait!
• Machete on IMDb