Fantastic Fest Announces MACHETE KILLS As Opening Night Film!

Robert Rodriguez, Danny Trejo and Alexa Vega will attend the red carpet world premiere!

You guys. YOU GUYS. It's almost Fantastic Fest 2013! It's been a long haul since the last time chaos reigned in our hearts and minds, and we can now officially begin to get crazy excited, because we're here to announce the opening night film! Fantastic Fest will be bringing you Robert Rodriguez's Machete Kills with Rodriguez, Danny Trejo and Alexa Vega in attendance. Additional talent will also be confirmed closer to the festival. 

Some details from the press release:

“Every year we compile our dream targets for opening night film; Machete Kills  was at the top of that list,” said Fantastic Fest Co-founder & Creative Director Tim League. “We are going to pull out all the stops to ensure Robert’s world premiere red carpet experience is literally blood red.”

“Fantastic Fest has quickly become the best place for fans to first experience the newest and coolest genre movies and blockbusters,” said director Robert Rodriguez. “I am honored and extremely excited for Machete Kills  to have its world premiere right here in Austin and kick off Fantastic Fest.”

In Machete Kills , Danny Trejo returns as ex-Federale agent Machete, who is recruited by the President of the United States for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man - he must take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet.

The talented and eclectic cast includes: Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Carlos Estevez, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Demian Bichir, Alexa Vega, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding, Jr., William Sadler, Marko Zaror and Mel Gibson.

There you go - the first film announced! TONS of additional line-up excitement is to come, so keep your eyes glued to BAD, the Fantastic Fest blog, @FantasticFest and Fantastic Fest on Facebook for all of the scoop your little hearts can handle. And let's celebrate! Only two months and nine days to go!

Also: this incredible artwork for FF 2013 is by artist Johnny Sampson.