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Donnie Yen Replaces Jet Li in ‘xXx: The Return of Xander Cage’

How do you get audiences excited for a xXx sequel nearly fifteen years after the first movie? You throw in action stars Jet Li & Tony Jaa, along with the return of Vin Diesel (Xander Cage) and Samuel L. Jackson (Agent Gibsons), and suddenly you have some interest. Unfortunately, not all of those people have stuck around, as Jet Li has reportedly dropped out with Donnie Yen replacing him.

Li’s reasons for departing are unknown but the word “abruptly” was mentioned in the report from Birth.Movies.Death. I was really looking forward to seeing Li return to the big screen, and given an important role as the villain. Now his comeback will be delayed, with his next possible appearance being in Expendables 4. I’m still looking forward to the movie very much, and to see Yen in a mainstream action flick. The actor is best known for his IP Man movies, and makes his second appearance in a blockbuster film since 2003’s Shanghai Knights. He will first appear in this year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Vin Diesel later released an image on Facebook confirming the casting.

From left to right: Director D.J. Caruso, Donnie Yen, and Vin Diesel on the set.

“Director, Xiang and Xander… Donnie Yen’s first day on set. Our global cast is simply amazing!”

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage has a unknown 2017 release date.

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