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    xXx: The Return of Xander Cage

    Tony Jaa, Jet Li and Deepika Padukone Join Vin Diesel In XXX: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE
    Todd Brown, Founder and Editor



    That Vin Diesel's New Year's Resolution involves punching a lot of people in the face should come as no surprise. And today Twitch has learned a thing or two about which faces he will be punching and / or who will be helping him punch other faces with word of some major names joining Diesel and the already announced UFC star Conor McGregor in XXX: The Return Of Xander Cage.

    We're told that the DJ Caruso helmed picture has added international action stars Jet Li and Tony Jaa - fresh off working with Diesel on the latest Fast And Furious picture - along with Indian mega star Deepika Padukone. We're told Padukone will be lining up with the good guys but no word yet on whose team Li and Jaa will play on but, good lord, I'd buy a ticket to watch those two face off in a heartbeat.

    Look at Vin and those big, dreamy eyes up there. He knows this is gonna be awesome.

    Jet and Jaa you all surely know. Deepika you might remember from Chandni-Chowk-goes-to-China.
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    I pass !!!

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    It's on

    It's been a while since Jet has delivered a good fight scene. Hopefully Diesel will bring that out of him.

    JANUARY 19, 2016 2:27pm PT by Borys Kit
    Jet Li Set to Fight Vin Diesel in 'xXx 3'


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    Whether he is the ultimate villain of the sequel remains to be seen.

    Martial-arts maestro Jet Li has closed a deal to join Vin Diesel in xXx 3: The Return of Xander Cage, Revolution Studios’ reboot of the early 2000s action spy franchise.

    Diesel is leading a cast that includes Vampire Diaries' Nina Dobrev, Bollywood star Deepika Padukone and Orange Is the New Black breakout Ruby Rose as well as Samuel L. Jackson.

    Plot details are being kept redacted, but just as Diesel found renewed success when Fast & Furious was rejigged as an action ensemble, xXx, too, is being reconfigured to surround the action star with a team of toughs and wiseacres.

    According to sources, Li will play the leader of his own team and will square off against Diesel. Whether he is the ultimate villain of the pic remains to be seen.

    "xXx 3: The Return of Xander Cage is one of the jewels 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,” said Revolution CEO Vince Totino.

    Added Revolution COO Scott Hemming: "We are extremely excited to have Jet Li join the cast of xXx 3: 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."

    xXx 3 has a script by F. Scott Frazier, and D.J. Caruso will direct the pic, which is set to begin shooting in February in Toronto and the Dominican Republic.

    Li’s involvement, along with several other action mainstays, surfaced several weeks ago, but it's only now that the tricky negotiations closed, according to sources. Some actors rumored for the movie, such as Jennifer Lopez, did not pan out either due to scheduling or dealmaking.

    Joe Roth is producing the movie with his new partner, Jeff Kirschenbaum, along with Diesel and his producing partner, Samantha Vincent, who is also his sister. Totino and Hemming of Revolution, which was rebooted two years when it was bought by hedge fund Fortress, are shepherding actor and distributor deals for the film.

    And while no distribution deal is set, Paramount remains the likely home for the pic.

    xXx 3 will be Li’s first movie since appearing in 2014's The Expendables 3. He is repped by Current Entertainment and Bloom Hergott.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneChing View Post
    It's been a while since Jet has delivered a good fight scene. Hopefully Diesel will bring that out of him.

    At least it appears that Jet has overcome the thyroid(?) problem he was having a couple years ago. However, I don't know if he's capable of any more really good fight scenes. The more recent Chinese films he's been in pretty much sucked in terms of action, and I'm not confident that Americans filmmakers will do any better. Jet looked good in Lethal Weapon 4 and some of his Euro films like Kiss of the Dragon and Unleashed. But in those movies, either his go-to guy Corey Yuen, or else Yuen Woo-Ping were given full reign over directing his fight scenes. His stuff in the Expendables series has been meh.

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    The cast grows

    These are the days of threequels.


    Exclusive : Another big name joining xXx 3
    By Jennifer Avary - Jan 24, 2016 160

    While Vin Diesel might be headlining the next “xXx” movie, that doesn’t mean the DJ Caruso-directed sequel is going to entirely skip over the events of the Diesel-less sequel from 2005, “xXx : State of the Union” – even if it was lackluster and unsuccessful. Nope, it’s still very much canon and it’s events will still factor into 2017’s “xXx The Return of Xander Cage”.

    In fact, a major player from the Lee Tamahori directed film – besides Samuel L.Jackson’s Agent Augustus Gibbons – is set to reprise his role for the new film.

    Turn away now if you’re not wanting the surprise spoiled – though, I’m assuming, the marketing for the film will give it away long before the movie hits the screen – because it’s quite the fun inclusion.

    Much like the last couple of “Fast & Furious” movies, Diesel’s prepping the “xXx” franchise to be a ‘team’ action-comedy (complete with the kind of eye-popping ridiculous stunts we’ve seen in the “Fast & Furious” movies). This person will be starring alongside Diesel, Jet Li, Samuel L.Jackson, Tony Jaa, Connor McGregor, Ruby Rose and Nina Dobrev. Most play xXx agents – all of them teaming up to take on the film’s big bad.

    Who is it?

    ** Spoilers Follow **



    Ice Cube.

    No matter what he’s telling press, Cube will reprise Darius Stone in the movie.

    He’s a major part of the new story.

    The plan seems to be for the “xXx” franchise to take it’s cue from the later “Fast & Furious” movies – acknowledge what’s come before, but make sure the characters from the earlier, weaker movies have something more to do this time around.

    Cube’s Darius Stone will be “a treat this time around – very funny, lots of great lines and he gets in on some terrific action sequences”, we’re informed by a solid source.

    Cube, of course, is a much bigger [movie] star now than what he was in 2005, so no surprise that Diesel’s got him in the new movie. He’s an asset.



    The Return of Xander Cage” hits theaters in Feb 2017.
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    Jet out - DONNIE IN

    Total game-changer.

    Donnie Yen In, Jet Li Out Of XXX: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE
    James Marsh, Asian Editor



    Vin Diesel posted the above photo a couple of hours ago on Facebook, welcoming Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen to the cast of XXX: The Return Of Xander Cage, the reboot of the other action franchise Diesel launched with director Rob Cohen.

    An anonymous source close to the production also tells us that Yen has been hastily cast to replace Jet Li, who has chosen to exit the project for as-yet officially undisclosed reasons. Otherwise, however, the international cast of the film remains the same, with Tony Jaa, Deepika Padukone, Toni Collette, Samuel L. Jackson and a rumoured Ice Cube returning, for incoming director D.J. Caruso.

    One of the great highlights of the Fast & Furious franchise has been its insanely diverse cast, and it is great to see XXX moving in the same direction. While fans will be disappointed not to see Jet Li and Donnie Yen in the same movie, there is now the very real chance of a Donnie Yen vs Tony Jaa throwdown.

    We should also take a moment to give Yen some serious kudos, whose A-list status seems to be finally taking hold in the West, as it has belatedly done in the East.
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    More on Donnie

    A villain? Srsly? It's like Lethal Weapon 4 all over again.

    FEBRUARY 12, 2016 11:21am PT by Borys Kit
    Martial Arts Star Donnie Yen to Play Villain in 'xXx 3'
    Paramount just closed a deal to distribute the movie.


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    Paramount just closed a deal to distribute the movie.
    Martial arts master Donnie Yen has nabbed the villain role in xXx 3: The Return of Xander Cage, the Vin Diesel-starring reboot of the 2002 action pic.

    Paramount just closed a deal to distribute the movie, which has D.J. Caruso (I Am Number Four) directing.

    Diesel made the casting announcement on his Facebook page.

    The movie’s plot, per the studio, sees operative Xander Cage coming out of self-imposed exile and on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s Box. Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Cage finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments.

    Yen will play Xiang. The part was originally filled by Jet Li.

    The movie began production in the Dominican Republic last week.

    Yen is a huge name in the martial arts world for his high-kicking action flicks such as the Ip Man series and cross-over hit Hero. American audiences saw him in Guillermo del Toro’s Blade 2 and the actor is part of the ensemble cast of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
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    It's all about this, ain't it?

    From Tony Jaa's Facebook:

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    First time working with Donnie Yen and its a blast.
    xXx3 The Return of Xander Cage

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    Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez

    ...and Conor McGregor.

    MISS COLOMBIA I'M VIN DIESEL'S 'XXX' LOVE INTEREST!!!
    2/29/2016 10:41 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
    EXCLUSIVE



    Miss Colombia has extended her 15 ... we've learned she's just signed a deal to become Vin Diesel's love interest in "xXx: The Return of Xander Cage."
    Sources connected with the production tell us Ariadna Gutierrez will play Vin's love interest, and her part is not insignificant. She's in 6 scenes and has 3 pages of dialogue.
    Our sources say Ariadna's off to the Dominican Republic Tuesday to begin shooting. It will be her first movie role.
    Vin's snagged some other people who have recently grabbed headlines ... UFC superstar Conor McGregor will also appear in the flick.
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    D&d

    Can't fault either of them. Who here wouldn't grab a selfie with either if they had the chance?

    Let’s Take a Selfie: Deepika and Donnie Yen Are Such Posers on xXx Sets!
    March 16, 2016 10:00 AM



    Deepika Padukone is currently busy shooting for her Hollywood debut film, xXx: The Return Of The Xander Cage. In the last couple of days, many times DP has shared photos on social media from the sets of the film.

    And today we have got our hands on another one, the recent picture which is doing rounds is with actor Donnie Yen. He plays the character of Xiang in the film. Donnie Yen has been replaced Jet Li in the film when the latter dropped out of the project due to unknown reasons.

    Check out Ip Man star Donnie clicking a selfie with Ms Padukone. And you just cannot afford to miss the cutesy pout of DP!

    Adorbs….
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    Another cast change

    First Donnie for Jet, now Bisping for Conor...

    Michael Bisping Replaces Conor McGregor in 'XXX' Sequel – Thanks, Nate Diaz
    Mac drops out of Vin Diesel film to focus on his fight at UFC 200. But don't worry, they got a guy nicknamed 'The Count' instead
    BY SCOTT RAFFERTY April 8, 2016


    Michael Bisping replaces Conor McGregor in 'XXX' sequel. NIKLAS HALLE'N/Getty, Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Getty

    Mark Wahlberg might the only man who can get Conor McGregor to make a movie.
    Before his shocking loss to Nate Diaz last month, McGregor was set to make his Hollywood debut alongside Vin Diesel, Samuel L. Jackson and Tony Jaa in the upcoming xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. Diesel seemed excited about the two working on a project together and the thought of McGregor appearing in an over-the-top action movie made sense to everyone. But then UFC 196 happened, and McGregor has since suspended his plans to follow Ronda Rousey's big-screen blueprint because he doesn't want the distraction.
    That means the only ass kickings McGregor will be giving for the foreseeable future will remain in the Octagon – his rematch with Diaz is set for UFC 200 in July.
    Anyway, we now know who will replace McGregor in the movie: Fellow MMA fighter Michael Bisping, who broke the news via a very janky Instagram post (wherever Xander Cage has been hiding, it wasn't at design school), then followed that up with an on-set photo of him hanging out with Jaa and Nina Dobrev. While Bisping doesn't have same star power as McGregor – there's a strong possibility you've never heard of him before – he is an MMA specialist with a 28-7 record who was recognized as one of the UFC's best Middleweight fighters earlier this year. He also happens to be British (and his nickname is "The Count") so they don't have to worry about him putting on a fake accent to be an international villain.

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    Nina Dobrev takes one for the team

    From Nina's twitter:

    Nina Dobrev ‏@ninadobrev Apr 20
    Film an action movie they said. It'll be fine they said. Movies may not be real but this is.



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    Nina Dobrev ‏@ninadobrev Apr 20
    The things we do for our craft! #NoPainNoGain #iDoMyOwnStunts #ItAintEasyBeingABadass #XXXtheMovie



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    xXx: Return of Xander Cage | Trailer #1

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    xXx: Return of Xander Cage Trailer 2 2017 | Trailer 2 | Deepika Padukone | Vin Diesel



    Hoping for a Donnie trailer....
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    New trailer

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