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Jet Li Will Face off Against Vin Diesel in ‘xXx: The Return of Xander Cage’

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Who will Xander Cage face next after defeating Anarchy 99 in the first xXx movie? Earlier reports mentioned names like Jet Li and Tony Jaa being attached to the project. Now, we have confirmation that one of them will officially be in the movie.

Legendary martial arts superstar Jet Li will in fact star in xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, and will play the leader of a team that will face off against Diesel’s team. This pretty much confirms that Xander Cage will no longer be flying solo and will have team of his own, presumably provided by Agent Gibsons (Samuel L. Jackson).

No word on whether or not Li is the main antagonist, but for now having him in the film is a huge plus. I thought he was terribly misused in Expendables 3, and before that had a small appearance in Expendables 2 before disappearing after the opening action sequence. To be fair, Li has been dealing with an illness over recent years, but the actor is all good.

My one concern about this news is Jet Li and Vin Diesel possibly fighting each other. If it happens, I really hope the circumstances of the fight are convincing. What I mean is that a small criticism I’ve had in the back of my mind regarding the Fast & Furious movies is Vin Diesel winning every fight.

  • In Fast Five he fought and beat a DSS Agent in Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson).
  • In Furious 6 he fought and beat a former SAS Agent in Owen Shaw (Luke Evans).
  • Finally, in Furious 7 he fought and beat Owen’s older & more superior brother Deckard (Jason Statham).

Obviously things will be a bit different in this upcoming xXx movie. Diesel’s character is an extreme sports athlete/government agent, rather than the best street racer in the world.  I have a good feeling about this action spectacle. If you follow Diesel on social media, you can tell he’s been itching to return to the role.

How do you feel about Jet Li facing off against Vin Diesel? Let us know your thoughts below.

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage has no current release date.

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