'xXx: The Return of Xander Cage' news: Deepika Padukone officially cast as female lead

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A new cast member has been officially added to the roster of actors that will be coming to the new and upcoming action sequel and reboot film “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage.” Indian Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone has been officially cast in the role of the female lead in the upcoming film, where she would be playing opposite action star Vin Diesel.

According to a report by The Indian Express, the 30-year-old actress will be playing the role of a sharp huntress who will be helping the character of Vin Diesel’s Xander Cage in his latest mission. The popular Bollywood actress expressed her excitement in making her debut to Hollywood, part of it is that she will be able to showcase her ethnicity even more.

“I am very excited,” Deepika said. “But I want to confess that I am very nervous. Most importantly, I feel proud to be a part of a film where I get to flaunt my ethnicity. The reason they are roping me is because of my background. I really hope that I do well in the movie and people go and watch it.”

In other news, martial arts star Jet Li will also be coming to the film, playing the role of a villain to Xander Cage. It was not specified if he will be the film’s big bad or not. Naturally, fans can expect a fight scene between Jet Li and Diesel’s Xander cage.

“‘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,” said Revolution Studios CEO Vince Totino.

Other cast members rumored to be coming to the film in some capacity include “The Vampire Diaries” star Nina Dobrev, and “Orange Is the New Black” and “Resident Evil: The final Chapter” star Ruby Rose. Samuel L. Jackson will be coming back to reprise his role as National Security Agency Agent Augustus Gibbons.