By Will Tarashuk

@WillTarashuk

1/4/16

XXX became a cult classic that has a strong fan base that have been begging for a good sequel for years. With the announcement of the sequel fans were more than excited. Now they have more to be excited for because Jet Li has been announced to join Vin Diesel in the sequel.

XXX: The Return of Xander Cage will star Diesel, Li, and Samuel L. Jackson. The XXX franchise focuses on car chases, explosions, and hand to hand combat, and Li fits all of those criteria’s. Li is a well-established action star and is more than qualified for the part.

The first XXX came out in 2002 and has surprising success in the box office. The plot follows Xander Cage, played by Diesel, who is hired by the NSA to become a top spy. The sequel, “XXX: State of the Union” took a different turn as Vin Diesel was replaced wit Rapper/actor Ice Cube. The film was a complete disaster as it flopped in the box office.

The title is appropriately titled Return of Xander Cage as it lets fans know the franchise is going back to its roots.

Diesel can be seen in what he hopes to the expanded universe of “Riddick“. As for Li, his role in the film is not yet known but fans are sure to speculate. A release date has yet to be announced.