'xXx: The Return of Xander Cage' news: Jet Li confirmed to be villain, to fight Vin Diesel

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Martial arts expert and action superstar Jet Li has been officially confirmed to be a cast member for the upcoming sequel to the hit 2002 blockbuster “xXx,” “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage.” A major fight scene between Li’s character and Vin Diesel’s Xander cage has been teased.

According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, Jet Li is now officially part of the film, with the actor previously just rumored along with another martial arts film star Tony Jaa. No specific plot details for Li’s character has been revealed so faras the film’s plot itself remains to be unknown as of the moment. However, it was said that Li will play the character of a villain who will be leading a group that will go against Vin Diesel’s super spy character Xander Cage. Whether Li’s villain character would be the big bad in the film or not was not specified.

“‘xXx: 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.

“We are extremely excited to have Jet Li join the cast of ‘xXx: The Return of Xander Cage’ as Raif, who is pitted against Vin Diesel’s Xander Cage, and watch these two in action as they raise the bar with some of the most incredible stunts on film,” added Revolution Studios COO Scott Hemming.

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