Donnie Yen joins the cast of xXx: The Return of Xander Cage

It was announced on Tuesday that international martial arts star, Donnie Yen will be joining the cast for xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. Yen will be playing an alpha-warrior character named Xiang in this hotly anticipated sequel, with shooting to begin in Toronto and the Dominican Republic this month for Revolution Studios Roth Kirschenbaum Films, One Race Films and Paramount Pictures.

Alongside Yen, Vin Diesel will also be starring in the film while working as a producer too. The cast includes Bollywood star Deepika Padukone (Tamasha), Tony Jaa (Ong-bak, Furious 7), Ruby Rose (Orange Is the New Black), mixed martial-arts sensation Conor McGregor, Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries), Kris Wu (Somewhere Only We Know), Hermione Corfield (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation), with Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense) and Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight).

 D.J Caruso (I Am Number Four) will be directing the film and it will be written by Chad St. John (London Has Fallen) with revisions by F. Scott Frazier (Collide).

Yen has been in numerous films such as Dragon and The Monkey King, as the Monkey King. He has also developed films under his own companies, Bullet Group Ltd and Bullet Films Productions, including epic crime-drama Dragon City. Yen has also finished up shooting in New Zealand alongside Michelle Yeoh for upcoming film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny. In addition, he also co-starred in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story for Lucasfilm and Disney.

“There are only a handful of martial-arts stars who have crossed over to worldwide fame and Donnie Yen is the top of that elite cohort,” says Revolution CEO Vince Totino, who is executive producing the film along with Chief Operating Officer Scott Hemming.

“Donnie’s fighting skill and on-screen charisma make him a perfect foil for Vin,” says producer Joe Roth, who recently partnered with Jeffrey Kirschenbaum in their new venture, Roth Kirschenbaum films. “We are all excited to see these two great action stars go toe to toe.”