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‘xXx: The Return of Xander Cage’ Adds Donnie Yen, Loses Jet Li

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Revolution Studios has announced that actor Donnie Yen has replaced Jet Li in the upcoming “XXX” sequel “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage.” Li was initially announced as part of the cast in January.

In addition to the studio’s announcement, “xXx” star Vin Diesel has posted a production photo featuring himself, director D.J. Caruso and Yen to his Facebook page. Judging by the caption, it appears that Yen’s character name is Xiang. The film is currently in production in Toronto.

This is the latest franchise that the Hong Kong actor has joined. Yen will also be seen this year as part of the ensemble in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

“xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” stars Diesel, reprising the role he originally played in 2002’s “XXX.” In his return appearance, Diesel’s Cage will emerge from exile to track down and stop a powerful weapon called Pandora’s Box. Directed by D.J. Caruso from a script by Chad St. John and F. Scott Frazier, “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” stars Diesel, Yen, Deepika Padukone, Ruby Rose, Nina Dobrev and Samuel L. Jackson. “Return of Xander Cage” arrives in theaters in 2017.

(via Variety)