UPDATE: International Trailer with NEW footage!
XXX: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE will hit theaters on January 20th, 2017!
UPDATE: Check out the action-packed FULL Trailer below!
UPDATE: Character Posters!
UPDATE: Get a glimpse at the behind-the-scenes action in this latest interview with DONNIE YEN on the set of XXX: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE!
UPDATE: VIN DIESEL have wrapped up his part of the production. Co-star DONNIE YEN posted the following on his official Facebook page:
UPDATE: Director D.J. CARUSO have found his replacement for Conor McGregor in fellow UFC star MICHAEL BISPING! Caruso posted the announcement via his Twitter account.
— D.j. Caruso (@Deejaycar) April 6, 2016
SAMUEL L. JACKSON have also arrived on the set to reprise his role as NSA Agent ‘Augustus Gibbons’. Here is a couple of images of Jackson with co-stars VIN DIESEL and DONNIE YEN.
UPDATE: UFC Superstar CONOR MCGREGOR have pulled out of the film. Reports are indicating that he canceled the role to fully concentrate on his MMA training.
McGregor is currently set for a rematch against Nate Diaz at UFC 200 this July.
UPDATE: Check out these on-set images featuring DONNIE YEN with his co-stars including DEEPIKA PADUKONE!
UPDATE: Latest image featuring VIN DIESEL, DONNIE YEN, TONY JAA, & KRIS WU!
UPDATE: Here is some tidbit on the guys behind the action!
The stunt team for the film includes 87Eleven members JEREMY MARINAS and JON VALERA, who is credited for such actioners as Isaac Florentine’s ‘Close Range’ and Aleksander Bach’s ‘Hitman: Agent 47’.
UPDATE: TWITCH have officially reported that JET LI have exited the project for “undisclosed reasons” and DONNIE YEN was immediately called upon to take over the role.
UPDATE: Yet, ANOTHER martial arts superstar have joined the cast and it is none other than DONNIE YEN (Ip Man)! VIN DIESEL posted this image (below) on his FACEBOOK page with the caption:
“Director, Xiang and Xander…Donnie Yen’s first day on set. Our global cast is simply amazing!”
With Yen set to play ‘Xiang’, a “deadly alpha warrior” from the rival team, this leads to some speculation that JET LI may have dropped out of the project.
But what we do know for sure now is fans will finally get to see Yen on-screen with TONY JAA. Let’s cross our fingers that they are on opposing sides and throw it down! And if Jet is still on-board, the more the merrier.
Stay tuned for more details.
UPDATE: We got the OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS for the film via COLLIDER.
The third explosive chapter of the blockbuster franchise that redefined the spy thriller finds extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) 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, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments. Packed with the series’ signature deadpan wit and bad-ass attitude, “xXx: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE” will raise the bar on extreme action with some of the most mind-blowing stunts to ever be caught on film.
We are assuming “Xiang” is possibly JET LI’s character.
Also check out TONY JAA’s fresh new look on the set alongside VIN DIESEL and DEEPIKA PADUKONE.
UPDATE: Filming have officially begun and we got the first images of VIN DIESEL and Bollywood star DEEPIKA PADUKONE together on the set!
A photo posted by Vin Diesel (@vindiesel) on
UPDATE: The first on-set image from the set have emerged via VIN DIESEL himself from his Instagram.
Along with the image, Diesel stated: “The Director, producers and myself sitting in wonder as we take in the artistry of the many craftsmen that have built these amazing sets. You can tell the first day what level of crew you will be working with and it is clear that XxX has the very best. Grateful for the opportunity to make magic… The years of development, the months of preproduction… And here we are at the beginning of production.”
Directed by D.J. CARUSO (Disturbia, Eagle Eye), XXX: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE will also see Academy Award-nominee TONI COLLETTE (The Sixth Sense, Little Miss Sunshine) joining the ensemble cast.
UPDATE: According to MOVIEHOLE ‘xXx 2: State Of The Union’ star ICE CUBE may be returning to the franchise as well!
Diesel is definitely taking a page out of the ‘Fast & Furious’ cookbook to prep this franchise up to be an ensemble action flick.
If it is indeed true that Cube will return as ‘Darius Stone’, he will be joining martial arts superstars JET LI and TONY JAA, UFC Champion CONOR MCGREGOR, NINA DOBREV (Vampire Diaries), Bollywood star DEEPIKA PADUKONE, RUBY ROSE (John Wick 2), and SAMUEL L. JACKSON.
Now the fun part is guessing who is on who’s team.
Stay tuned for more details!
UPDATE: According to FILM COMBAT SYNDICATE Thai martial arts star TONY JAA (Furious 7, Ong Bak) have officially confirmed his involvement!
Now lets just cross our fingers for a Li vs Jaa showdown!
UPDATE: According to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER martial arts superstar JET LI have officially signed on! This should not come as a surprise as we know China is one of the largest market in the world. Casting a Chinese superstar of Jet Li’s caliber is a no brainer.
It is mentioned that Li will be leading his own team against VIN DIESEL. Crew vs crew ala ‘Fast & Furious’.
Revolution COO Scott Hemming stated: “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.”
Weather or not Li is the main villain is still up in the air. The question now is which team Thai martial arts star TONY JAA is on?
Other confirmed cast members includes NINA DOBREV (Vampire Diaries), Bollywood star DEEPIKA PADUKONE, RUBY ROSE (John Wick 2), UFC Champion CONOR MCGREGOR and SAMUEL L. JACKSON.
UPDATE: According to TWITCHFILM martial arts superstars JET LI and TONY JAA will BOTH be joining VIN DIESEL in XXX 3!
Jaa previously starred with Diesel in ‘Furious 7’ and have formed a good friendship with each other off-set, so his involvement with this film is not too surprising.
As for Li, he have not done anything major since his brief cameo in 2014’s ‘The Expendables 3’.
No official announcement have been made regarding this casting news, so stay tuned for more confirmation. If this is indeed true, a little showdown between Li and Jaa will be quite a treat for martial arts action cinema fans.
UPDATE: Newly crowned UFC Featherweight Champion the ‘Notorious’ CONOR MCGREGOR, who recently knocked out Jose Aldo in a record 13 seconds for the title, have verbally agreed to join VIN DIESEL in XXX 3: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE!
No stranger to working with MMA fighters, Diesel previously shared the screen with Gina Carano in ‘Fast 5’ and Ronda Rousey in ‘Fast & Furious 6’.
Action star VIN DIESEL (Fast & Furious series) is set to return to another franchise, the extreme sports actioner XXX!
Diesel recently posted this message on his Official Instagram:
After the disappointing sequel ‘XXX: State Of The Union’ with Ice Cube in the lead, Diesel is hoping to re-charge some life into the series (similar to what he did with ‘Fast & Furious’) by returning to his role as extreme super-agent ‘Xander Cage’ in the tentatively titled XXX 3: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE.
There is currently no director attached and no words on if SAMUEL L. JACKSON will return as NSA Agent ‘Augustus Gibbons’. The only confirmation we have is Diesel’s return and NEAL H. MORITZ (Fast & Furious) on board as producer.
More information should pop up soon as production is schedule to begin this December in the Philippines.