Vin Diesel And Ice Cube Could Team Up For xXx Sequel

The next instalment in the franchise looks set to focus on the rogue agents.

xXx: Return of Xander Cage
xXx Vin Diesel and Deepika Padukone in Return of Xander Cage. Image Picture Paramount

Vin Diesel will reprise his role as Xander Cage, the world’s least convincing secret agent/extreme sports star, with a fourth instalment of xXx.

2017’s xXx: Return of Xander Cage may have been among the most poorly reviewed blockbusters of the year – loaded absolutely savaged it -but it was nevertheless lapped up by moviegoers, raking in $346.1 million globally.

That was more than enough to justify another instalment, with The Hollywood Reporter confirming that another film is on the way.

In the last entry in the franchise, Cage effectively went rogue from the xXx programme after learning that boss and CIA agent Jane Marke (Toni Colette) was working for the other side.

He teamed up with a rag-tag bunch of fellow former agents to create a collective or “family” not dissimilar to the one in the Fast & Furious movies before defeating Marke and making their escape.

That rag-tag bunch of stars included Deepika Padukone, Nina Dobrev, Tony Jaa, Donnie Yen and Rory “The Hound” McCann.

There’s also the small matter of both Samuel L. Jackson and a certain Ice Cube to consider, with the latter making a surprise return to the franchise last time out, coming to the rescue of Vin Diesel’s team of rogue agents.

Ice Cube, you may remember, fronted the franchise Vin Diesel’s absence with xXx: State of the Union and would be a valuable addition to addition to a series that looks set to mimick the success of Fast and Furious.

Ice Cube in xXx: Return of Xander Cage
Ice Cube in xXx: Return of Xander Cage

Speaking to The Express ahead of the release of the third film on DVD and Blu-ray, director DJ Caruso all but confirmed it was a case of ensuring everyone, not merely Vin Diesel, was available for the next entry in the series.

“Yeah, we’re discussing the story and how to make that all work, and which characters,” he said.

“[We’re] trying to get everyones schedules to line up again. It’s definitely a discussion because it did so well around the globe.”

That appears to indicate that another ensemble affair could be in the offing with a potential teaming of Vin Diesel and Ice Cube a tantalising prospect for action movie fans.

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