Donnie Yen Replaces Jet Li In xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage

IP Man and Hero star Donnie Yen has replaced Jet Li in xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, reports Variety. The film’s star Vin Diesel confirmed Yen’s casting via Facebook, with a message that reveals the name of Yen’s character: Xiang.

Director, Xiang and Xander…Donnie Yen’s first day on set.Our global cast is simply amazing!

Posted by Vin Diesel on Thursday, 11 February 2016

 

 

“Donnie is one of the greatest martial-arts movie stars of our time,” says Diesel. “I am thrilled he will be joining the cast and can’t wait to work with him on some of the spectacular action sequences we have planned.”

Also in the image is xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage director DJ Caruso (I Am Number Four). Cage is “returning” because he wasn’t actually in the second film. While Diesel starred as underground sports star Xander Cage in the original 2002 XXX, he was absent for the 2005 sequel, xXx: State Of The Union, which instead starred Ice Cube. The first film, directed by Rob Cohen, made $277 million worldwide while th eLee Tamahori-directed sequel made only $71 million, so you can see producers Revolution Studios wanted Diesel back.

 


 

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