There was a rumor floated recently by CineFools that Vin Diesel had dropped out of xXx: The Return of Xander Cage.  If you heard that rumor and freaked out, you can now turn red ’cause Diesel’s publicist emailed MTV and said it was untrue.  This is exactly what was said in that email:

I made a few calls on this and I can tell you that it is completely not true.

The action-packed xXx franchise began with Diesel in 2002, when he played the extreme sports athlete-turned government operative, Xander Cage.  xXx: State of the Union (2005) ripped Cage away from us and replaced him with Ice Cube’s Darius Stone. The third installment in the franchise is to be directed by Ericson Core, who brought us Invincible and was the cinematographer on Daredevil.

It was suspected the Deisel had dropped out of The Return of Xander Cage because director Rob Cohen, who helmed xXx and directed Deisel in 2001’s The Fast and the Furious was not involved in xXx 3.  While Cohen is indeed off the upcoming xXx, Deisel’s still ridin’ that pony.

Now, did we learn anything from ripping down our Vin Diesel posters before getting confirmation on that nasty rumor?

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage is to be unleashed like shameful gossip upon the masses in 2011.

Source: CineFools, MTV