We live in a era of franchises, where practically every film released does so with the hopes of jump-starting its own series. Next year, Vin Diesel will take part in three separate franchises: starring in Fate of the Furious, voicing Groot in Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and returning as Xander Cage for xXx: Return of Xander Cage. More of a sequel to xXx than the forgettable xXx: State of the Union (in where Cage was killed off screen and replaced by Ice Cube's Darius Stone), xXx: Return of Xander Cage will "resurrect" Diesel's character and see him assemble his own team of thrill seekers for a covert government mission.
That mission will pit Cage against Donnie Yen's villainous Xiang as both try to reclaim a mysterious but powerful weapon known only as "Pandora's Box." Already a superstar in Hong Kong, Yen is currently enjoying a moment in the spotlight thanks to his role as Chirrute Îmwe in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. And following that film up with Return of Xander Cage might just be another breakout hit, gaining him more popularity stateside like other martial artists/actors such as Jackie Chan and Jet Li (who Yen actually replaced on this film after Li dropped out).
Having Yen involved should also only boost the caliber of Return of Xander Cage's action and fights scenes, giving this xXx sequel the edge it needs to establish itself as a hit action franchise. You can check out a clip above in which Diesel's Cage and Yen's Xiang race atop some suped-up motorbikes in what looks like a thrilling chase sequence.
In addition to the new clip, there's also a new trailer for xXx: Return of Xander Cage that focuses on one of Cage's new recruits, Kris Wu's Harvard "Nicks". You can give that trailer a watch, below.
Similar to an earlier trailer that featured Ruby Rose's Adele Wolff, this one also plays up the ensemble feel that xXx: Return of Xander Cage is aiming for. Where the first xXx film focused on Cage as more of a lone wolf who was sought out for his special skills and risk-taking attitude, this film is definitely pulling a page or two out of the the Fast & Furious formula.
While that doesn't necessarily mean that Return of Xander Cage will have as compelling an ensemble as the Fast & Furious films do, more allies for Cage to work with will certainly allow for more extravagant stunts - and really, that's the selling point of a xXx film, something this sequel seems to definitely understand.
Source: Paramount Pictures
- xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) release date: Jan 20, 2017