Paramount Boards Vin Diesel's 'xXx: The Return of Xander Cage'

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The third installment in the spy franchise has been casting up in recent weeks but remained without a distributor in place (Sony released the previous two 'xXx' films).

Paramount has boarded the Vin Diesel starrer xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, which will mark the third installment of the spy franchise.

xXx has been casting up in recent weeks, but remained without a distributor in place (Sony released the previous two xXx films). The Hollywood Reporter reported that Paramount, however, would be the likely home. Last month, Thai action star Tony Jaa signed a deal to join the muscular cast of the reboot. xXx veteran Samuel L. Jackson also is back for the third film, and Vampire Diaries' Nina Dobrev, Bollywood star Deepika Padukone and Orange Is the New Black breakout Ruby Rose round out the cast.

D.J. Caruso (I Am Number Four) is directing the reboot, which was written by Chad St. John (London Has Fallen), with revisions by F. Scott Frazier (Collide).

The film is being produced by a revamped Revolution Studios, Roth Kirschenbaum Films and Diesel’s One Race Films. Paramount will distribute worldwide.

Diesel is reprising his role as an extreme athlete-turned-superspy in the latest installment. The actor starred in the original xXx in 2002 — which, combined with the first Fast & Furious film the year before, helped solidify his action star career. But he sat out 2005's xXx: State of the Union, which starred Ice Cube.

The xXx franchise is the cornerstone of the new Revolution Studios, which is being relaunched under CEO Vince Totino and COO Scott Hemming.

The new film will see operative Xander Cage coming out of self-imposed exile and on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang (Jaa) 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.

“We are extremely pleased to ... bring this fan-favorite franchise back to the screen,” said Totino, who is executive producing xXx 3 with Hemming. xXx is one of the jewels in Revolution’s rich library of commercially successful and acclaimed films, and now with Vin on board, a great script and director D.J. Caruso on hand, we are poised to deliver a worthy successor.”

Added Joe Roth, who recently partnered with Jeffrey Kirschenbaum in their new venture, Roth Kirschenbaum Films: “It’s great to be reteaming with Vin and Revolution on a long-anticipated sequel to this highly entertaining film. Kirsch and I are looking forward to collaborating with Vince and Scott on this project and we’re all excited to be able to bring the fans what they’ve been asking for.” 

The Dominican Republic portion of the stunt-laden shoot, which began last week, will make use of Lantica Media’s Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios, production services and state-of-the-art horizon water tank.  

 

 

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