By Sam Bussell

@BussellSamuel

1/29/16

Looks like Xander Cage is going to have his hands full on his next adventure. According to Variety, Andrey Ivchenko (Jane the Virgin, Six Feet Under) has been cast as one of the bad guys that Vin Diesel’s Xander Cage will square off against in the XXX sequel, “XXX: The Return of Xander Cage”. Ivchenko already joins a star studded cast that includes newcomers Jet Li and Nina Dobrev and includes Samuel L. Jackson and Ice Cube who have both stared in the XXX franchise and will be returning for another go around.

The original XXX starred Vin Diesel as Xander Cage an extreme sports athlete who is recruited by a spy organization to stop a global threat. The original was a hit as it received mediocre reviews but was a box office success as it grossed $142 million domestically and made $277 million dollars worldwide off of a $70 million dollar budget. A sequel was made with Ice Cube in the replacing Diesel in the main role, which under performed immensely. Vin Diesel will also be one of the producers on the film as well, this is significant as a lot of franchises that Diesel was first a part of and then came back on as a producer have seen significant success, the biggest one being the Fast and Furious franchise. Diesel is one of the biggest names in Hollywood today and a lot of that is because of the passion he brings to every role he plays and movie he produces.

Shooting on the film will begin sometime in the first few weeks of February and the film has no release date at this time. “XXX: The Return of Xander Cage” will be directed by D.J. Caruso.

 

XXX: The Return of Xander Cage has no release date yet.