Six months after Vin Diesel told his social media multitudes that he’ll be reprising one of his early signature roles, Paramount has set a release date for xXx 3: The Return of Xander Cage. The sequel will open January 20. The studio signed on last week to distribute the actioner.
The film marks the Furious franchise star’s first return to the long-dormant franchise since 2002’s original xXx, when he starred as extreme-sports athlete who is blackmailed into becoming a government operative Xander Cage. He sat out the second pic in the series, 2005’s xXx: State Of The Union, which starred Ice Cube. In the new pic, Cage comes out of exile and takes on a deadly alpha warrior Xiang in pursuit of an unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s Box. Cube’s status for returning to the franchise is uncertain, but it will star Donnie Yen as Cage’s nemesis.
xXx 3 will battle in the post-MLK Day frame with EuropaCorp’s Sullivan Stapletom thriller The Lake and Universal horror pic Split from director M. Night Shyamalan.