Joins femme fatales Jessica Alba and Michelle Rodriguez

“The Rum Diary” star Amber Heard is in talks to become the latest femme fatale to join the cast of Robert Rodriguez’s sequel “Machete Kills,” which will be distributed by 20th Century Fox.

Danny Trejo stars alongside returning thesps Jessica Alba and Michelle Rodriguez and series newcomers Mel Gibson and Demian Bichir.

Pic, which starts production this month in Heard’s hometown of Austin, Texas, finds the titular ex-federale (Trejo) recruited by the U.S. government to stop an arms dealer (Gibson) from launching a deadly missile. Heard will play a manipulative assassin code-named Miss San Antonio.

Thesp, whose breakout perf as the title character in Jonathan Levine’s still-unreleased 2006 horror film “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane” led to a starring role on Kevin Williamson’s USA series “Hidden Palms,” was last seen playing Johnny Depp’s love interest in “The Rum Diary.” She recently starred on NBC’s “The Playboy Club” and has wrapped the indie pic “Syrup.”

Heard is repped by CAA and attorney Karl R. Austen.

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