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Jet Li to face off against Vin Diesel in xXx3: The Return of Xander Cage

01.19.2016

Thanks to the monstrous success that the FAST & FURIOUS franchise has enjoyed, Vin Diesel has had the freedom to explore projects that may not have seen the light of day, as well as resurrecting a few that we never expected to see again. One of those franchise's that Vin Diesel has seen fit to bring back to life is XXX, the early 2000's action flick which saw Diesel portray Xander Cage, an extreme sports professional who begins working with a government agency in order to clear his criminal record. Vin Diesel didn't return for the sequel, which saw Ice Cube taking over the series, but close to fifteen years later, Diesel feels that the time is right to get the franchise back on track.

Jet Li's involvement in the upcoming sequel was rumoured earlier this year, but now that negotiations have closed, it's finally official. The sequel, which is going by XXX3: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE at the moment, will take some inspiration from the FAST & FURIOUS franchise by making the film more of an ensemble piece rather than focusing purely on Vin Diesel. According to THR's sources, Jet Li will play the leader of a team similar to Diesel's and the two will find themselves facing off against one another.

Revolution CEO Vince Totino:

xXx3: The Return of Xander Cage is one of the jewel’s in Revolution Studio’s library and we’re giving the devoted fans more of what they want by expanding the franchise and introducing new and extreme action characters like Jet Li’s.

Revolution chief operating officer Scott Hemming added:

We are extremely excited to have Jet Li join the cast of xXx3: The Return of Xander Cage as Raif who is pitted against Vin Diesel’s Xander Cage, and watch these two in action as they raise the bar with some of the most incredible stunts on film.

I'm positive that I've seen XXX at some point, but I'd be hard pressed to recall a single thing about it, however, as a big fan of Diesel, I'll be making sure to check out his latest franchise resurrection. D.J. Caruso will be directing the film from a script by F. Scott Frazier and while XXX3: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE doesn't have a release date at the moment, production is set to kick off in February in both Toronto and the Dominican Republic.

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Source: THR

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9:07PM on 01/21/2016
Doe anybody care this movie.
Doe anybody care this movie.
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6:18PM on 01/21/2016

didn't he die?

if i remember correctly, don't they mention in the sequel something like "xander cage died in bora bora". probably because they couldn't get vin diesel to do the sequel so they killed him off. how are they supposed to explain that now? so he didn't die?
if i remember correctly, don't they mention in the sequel something like "xander cage died in bora bora". probably because they couldn't get vin diesel to do the sequel so they killed him off. how are they supposed to explain that now? so he didn't die?
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7:30AM on 01/20/2016

on the fence

really didn't care for either XXX movie (espcially the first) but this looks like its a refresher to the franchise like 'Fast Five' was to that series. Could be a lot of fun actually with Lee, Diesel, Jackson (and possibly Jaa) teaming up together, as long as they dont kill it with cheap CGI like the ones before.
really didn't care for either XXX movie (espcially the first) but this looks like its a refresher to the franchise like 'Fast Five' was to that series. Could be a lot of fun actually with Lee, Diesel, Jackson (and possibly Jaa) teaming up together, as long as they dont kill it with cheap CGI like the ones before.
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3:17AM on 01/20/2016
Say what you will about xXx2 but i enjoyed the heck of it. Sure it was over the top but Ice Cube's viscious deconstruction of the 1st movie compensated for that way before he made it cool in 21 JumpStreet.

I agree with crazy_bull, its way too late for sequel and am guessing in order for it be "hip" there'll be Parkour chases and a climatic CGI/wirework MMA fight scene which will excite 13yr olds..Oh and the obligatory Hiphop star cameo.

Jet Li deserves better and his visible frustration
Say what you will about xXx2 but i enjoyed the heck of it. Sure it was over the top but Ice Cube's viscious deconstruction of the 1st movie compensated for that way before he made it cool in 21 JumpStreet.

I agree with crazy_bull, its way too late for sequel and am guessing in order for it be "hip" there'll be Parkour chases and a climatic CGI/wirework MMA fight scene which will excite 13yr olds..Oh and the obligatory Hiphop star cameo.

Jet Li deserves better and his visible frustration in EX3 says it all.
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10:27PM on 01/19/2016
I like Li, but adding him to a sequel usually means the franchise is dead. Lethal weapon 4 and Mummy 3 being the primary examples.
I like Li, but adding him to a sequel usually means the franchise is dead. Lethal weapon 4 and Mummy 3 being the primary examples.
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2:05PM on 01/21/2016
its like Li has the opposite effects on franchises than the Rock.
its like Li has the opposite effects on franchises than the Rock.
8:41PM on 01/19/2016
Who asked for more xxx? Has anyone funding the jewel franchise of revolution studios looked at the "haul" brought in by...
- The Last Witch Hunter
- Babylon A.D
- A Man Apart
Who asked for more xxx? Has anyone funding the jewel franchise of revolution studios looked at the "haul" brought in by...
- The Last Witch Hunter
- Babylon A.D
- A Man Apart
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8:31PM on 01/19/2016
This movie is 15 years too late. Also, they need to give Jet Li more stuff to do other than 3 lines of dialogue...
This movie is 15 years too late. Also, they need to give Jet Li more stuff to do other than 3 lines of dialogue...
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7:15PM on 01/19/2016

I'm pro-Jet Li on anything but...

...he's been pretty sick for the last 5+ years. Is he well enough to go back to the old Jet Li style of action? Or will he have stunt doubles doing literally everything? From an article this past summer:

的 am fat. I don稚 have time to lose weight. It痴 true that due to my hyperthyroidism illness, my heart rate can go up to 130 to 140 beats per minute even when I知 not exercising. I知 not Huo Yuan Jia or Wong Fei Hong. I知 no superhero, I知 just an ordinary man and I知 facing the issue of
...he's been pretty sick for the last 5+ years. Is he well enough to go back to the old Jet Li style of action? Or will he have stunt doubles doing literally everything? From an article this past summer:

的 am fat. I don稚 have time to lose weight. It痴 true that due to my hyperthyroidism illness, my heart rate can go up to 130 to 140 beats per minute even when I知 not exercising. I知 not Huo Yuan Jia or Wong Fei Hong. I知 no superhero, I知 just an ordinary man and I知 facing the issue of being unable to continue with my job.
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