CONFIRMED: Tony Jaa, Jet Li and Deepika Padukone Join Vin Diesel In XXX: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE

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CONFIRMED: Tony Jaa, Jet Li and Deepika Padukone Join Vin Diesel In XXX: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE
[The Hollywood Reporter have just confirmed the news originally reported here January 1, 2016 with word that Jet Li's deal for the film is now officially closed.]

That Vin Diesel's New Year's Resolution involves punching a lot of people in the face should come as no surprise. And today ScreenAnarchy has learned a thing or two about which faces he will be punching and / or who will be helping him punch other faces with word of some major names joining Diesel and the already announced UFC star Conor McGregor in XXX: The Return Of Xander Cage.

We're told that the DJ Caruso helmed picture has added international action stars Jet Li and Tony Jaa - fresh off working with Diesel on the latest Fast And Furious picture - along with Indian mega star Deepika Padukone. We're told Padukone will be lining up with the good guys but no word yet on whose team Li and Jaa will play on but, good lord, I'd buy a ticket to watch those two face off in a heartbeat.

Look at Vin and those big, dreamy eyes up there. He knows this is gonna be awesome.
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QinlongJanuary 1, 2016 8:02 PM

I'd take that Jet Li rumor with a grain of salt, though if it is indeed true, his and Jaa's presence do make the prospect of this film much more exciting.

J HurtadoJanuary 1, 2016 8:08 PM

Padukone's not my favorite Indian actress, but she can get the job done. Haven't seen her do any action, though, and she's built like a twig.

Todd BrownJanuary 1, 2016 8:15 PM

She'll be the geeky member of the team.

Freddy D RobertsJanuary 2, 2016 1:33 AM

I thought Jet Li retired.

J HurtadoJanuary 2, 2016 1:47 AM

Of course, the super hot geeky member of the team. I bet she wears glasses.

Haris FadliJanuary 2, 2016 2:33 AM

She had shared her fair on action pic. Forget the title, but she's surely can seriously kick some assess.

QinlongJanuary 2, 2016 4:50 AM

He hasn't retired per se, but his health, charity work and business ventures have taken precedence over films. He still takes roles as favours to friends though.

SunilJanuary 2, 2016 5:01 AM

You should watch her 'Chandani chowk to china' – she’s real badass in the movie

DooK_FreshJanuary 2, 2016 8:31 AM

I have a feeling Jet Li is going to be wasted again, like he has been in his recent Hollywood movies

DooK_FreshJanuary 2, 2016 8:32 AM

He shot a 3D movie last year which is scheduled for release this February. He's also gonna make a special appearance in FROM VEGAS TO MACAU 3

Todd BrownJanuary 2, 2016 11:15 AM

He's maintained a steady average of one a year for the last while ...

QinlongJanuary 2, 2016 11:23 AM

Only small roles after 2011 : Badges of Fury for his friend Chui Po Chu, cameos in The Expendables 2 & 3 for his friend Stallone, and the upcoming Legend of Lei Zhen Zhi for his friend Charles Heung. Clearly films are not his main occupation anymore.

mouJanuary 2, 2016 12:26 PM

Omg.i m die to see that film. I hope deepika will rock in that film. Best wishes for her.

jojo071January 2, 2016 3:42 PM

Watch Bajirao Mastani it's playing in local theatres right now. Her action scenes in there aren't too bad. She's actually quite athletic, hence the reason for her lean build. But if she's playing the geeky tech person that will work for her too, she has a strong Indian accent.

Todd BrownJanuary 2, 2016 5:33 PM

Oh, for sure. The charity stuff has definitely dominated his time since the tsunami.

QinlongJanuary 2, 2016 6:28 PM

Indeed, though even after the tsunami and the creation of his One Foundation he still carried a few films. I guess his hyperthyroidism and heavy business schedule (he and Jack Ma seem to collaborate a lot) also contributed to his muted career lately. Which is why I'm surprised he would choose XXX3 as his next project, but then what do I know ?
I'm just glad Rob Cohen isn't directing. What the guy did with Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh in The Mummy 3 was just a pathetic missed opportunity.

Todd BrownJanuary 2, 2016 6:52 PM

Oh, lord, Mummy 3 is HORRIBLE.

I was presented this as a done deal, though, not as 'they're talking to him' or 'they've made an offer'. My source - who is very much in a position to know - said it was a done deal for all three actors.

QinlongJanuary 2, 2016 6:58 PM

I see. Hoping for a meaty bad guy role !

QinlongJanuary 3, 2016 8:14 AM

Is that official, or just speculation based on that Chow Yun Fat on-set selfie ?

littletimeJanuary 3, 2016 1:18 PM

I Googled for Deepika Padukone XXX and got some results which when I think about it I really ought to have expected them

littletimeJanuary 3, 2016 1:21 PM

I think you might be right, the following clip looks really unconvincing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

ShadowIncJanuary 3, 2016 9:10 PM

Jet Li, and Tony Ja in a film together is great news. Now if they could just remove Vin Diesel from the equation.

DragonSpikeXIII .January 4, 2016 10:43 AM

This guy is desperate for a money-making property that isn't Fast & Furious.
With this movie he'll finally come full circle and be in the same place he was when he made xXx.

Ard VijnJanuary 4, 2016 11:39 AM

Except ten times richer because of Fast & Furious.

DooK_FreshJanuary 4, 2016 2:06 PM

Yeah, I saw the picture with Chow Yun Fat so I assumed he was going to appear in the movie.

that_was_random كافرJanuary 4, 2016 2:39 PM

didnt xander die? IE: why we had Ice Cube in the sequel?

Ard VijnJanuary 5, 2016 5:50 PM

Don't tempt me.
DON'T TEMPT ME!!

Marcel SamsonJanuary 20, 2016 2:40 PM

Haha, thx man, I was thinking: "Part 3?! When was there a part 2 then?" Totally forgot about the Ice Cube one....

国产凌凌期January 22, 2016 5:04 AM

Jet Li is going to play his third bad role in XXX vs Vin Diesel?WOW.His Chinese fans including me would be glad to see that.

Idnnetwork Lirik LaguMarch 29, 2016 11:34 PM

can't wait