Video, casting, locations and more are all in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump read about the following.

  • 20th Century Fox has posted a new featurette for Taken 2.
  • Ethan Hawke comes clean about the Richard Linklater film Before Midnight.
  • Claudia Lee joins Kick-Ass 2.
  • Check out a set being built for Justin Lin‘s Fast and Furious 6.
  • Spy Kid Alexa Vega speaks about her sensual role in Machette Kills.

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With the exception of Machete Kills, which is a sequel to 2010 film, everything in today’s Sequel Bits is pretty old school, featuring characters or properties that have been around at least a decade. After the jump:

  • Joss Whedon talks a little bit about The Avengers 2
  • Bruce Campbell says the new Evil Dead is “fabulous”
  • Production resumes on Iron Man 3 after RDJ‘s injury
  • Benedict Cumberbatch reveals when we’ll see Smaug
  • Bobby Farrelly spills Dumb and Dumber 2 plot details
  • Marko Zaror joins Machete Kills, see his character poster
  • See Paul Walker and Vin Diesel on the Fast Six set

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There was a little bit of video from the set of Machete Kills that leaked out a week or so back, but was quickly taken down. Now there’s a replacement, in the form of a TV set visit to the set of Robert Rodriguez‘s latest weird action flick. Danny Trejo returns as Machete, and this time he faces (among other things) Mel Gibson playing a character who is “out to get the President.”(With the President played by Charlie Sheen.)

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Director Robert Rodriguez seems be compiling one of the most eclectic, crazy casts of all time with Machete Kills. In addition to all the returning stars (Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba) he’s recently revealed that Charlie Sheen will be appearing along with Mel Gibson, Amber Heard, Sofia Vergara, Zoe Saldana and many more. The latest addition is one of the biggest pop stars in the world, Lady Gaga, who is playing a character named La Chameleon. Check out her character poster and more after the jump. Read More »

Robert Rodriguez sure seems to have a soft spot for PR-challenged celebs. 2010’s Machete saw him working with a notoriously troubled Lindsay Lohan, and for its sequel Machete Kills, Rodriguez is upping the ante with not one but two recovering trainwrecks.

Mel Gibson has been signed on to play a “Bond-style villain” since April, and now Charlie Sheen has signed on to play one of the apparent good guys — specifically, the president of the United States. Rodriguez himself made the announcement this week, along with a few snapshots from the set. Flip through the photos and read about Sheen’s casting after the jump.

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We’ve got handful of sequel-related quick hits for you. After the jump:

  • Tim Burton “would love to revisit” Beetlejuice sometime
  • Want to be an extra on Iron Man 2, Machete Kills, etc.?
  • A blazing-hot new Expendables 2 poster hits the web
  • When will the second trailer for The Hobbit debut?

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Earlier this month, a press release announcing the return of Red stars Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, and Mary Louise Parker for Red 2 promised that the retired black ops team would be facing on “a new set of enemies all across Europe.” Now we have a better idea of what exactly those baddies will look like.

Variety reports that Anthony Hopkins is in talks to play the villain, a mad genius incorrectly presumed to be dead. As Willis and his ex-CIA team desperately search for a weapon of mass destruction that Hopkins has created, he offers to give up its location if Willis agrees to help him escape an insane asylum. Hopkins would join fellow newcomers Catherine Zeta-Jones and Lee Byung-Hun, who signed on earlier this month in unknown roles.

However, Hopkins’ casting is contingent on his ability to reconcile Red 2‘s production schedule with his commitment to Thor 2. Hopkins had a supporting role in the previous Thor movie as the god Odin, Thor and Loki’s father. Red 2 is due out August 2, 2013, while Thor 2 is slated to hit November 15, 2013.

After the jump, Danny Trejo reveals that Zoe Saldana will be among the lovely ladies of Machete Kills.

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Three sequels, two threequels, and a TV show spinoff feature in today’s Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • Mandy Moore talks about Tangled 2 and Tron: Uprising
  • A German screening of Men in Black 3 breaks a world record
  • Fan Bingbing and Yang Mi join Andy Lau in Iron Man 3
  • Robert Rodriguez drops hints on Machete Kills and Sin City 2

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Casting on Machete Kills continues to speed ahead, as Modern Family star Sofia Vergara becomes the latest to sign on. Also after the jump:

  • Leonard Nimoy has not confirmed a Star Trek 2 cameo
  • Tim Burton offers a tiny Beetlejuice 2 update
  • Anna Faris probably won’t do Scary Movie 5
  • Men in Black 3 gets creative with its marketing
  • Kristen Stewart spills about the Breaking Dawn reshoots

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