‘xXx 3’ Will Pit Vin Diesel Against Jet Li

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Vin Diesel’s next picture as Xander Cage will see him facing off against martial-arts legend Jet Li.

xXx 3: The Return of Xander Cage has cast Jet Li as a villain, although it isn’t yet know whether he’ll be the lead antagonist. THR broke the news of Li’s casting, reporting that xXx 3 is aiming to restructure the franchise as an action ensemble “with a team of toughs and wiseacres.”

Diesel and Li will be joined by Nina Dobrev, known for The CW’s The Vampire Diaries, Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, and Aussie breakout model-turned-actress Ruby Rose. Samuel L. Jackson is also on board, reprising his role Agent Augustus Eugene Gibbons.

xXx 3: The Return of Xander Cage is one of the jewels in Revolution Studio’s library, and we’re giving the devoted fans more of what they want by expanding the franchise and introducing new and extreme action characters like Jet Li’s,” THR quotes Revolution CEO Vince Totino as saying.

D.J. Caruso, who directed Shia LaBeouf in Disturbia and Eagle Eye, will be directing the action threequel from a screenplay by F. Scott Frazier, who penned 2013 John Cusack thriller The Numbers Station.

xXx 3: The Return of Xander Cage is expected to be release in 2017.