25 Fun And Fascinating Facts About xXx: Return of Xander Cage

xXx: Return of Xander Cage, which is known as xXx: Reactivated in some countries, is a 2017 American action movie directed by D.J. Caruso and written by F. Scott Frazier. The movie stars Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Krus Wu, Ruby Rose, Tony Jaa, Nina Dobrev, Toni Collette, Ariadna Gutierrez, Hermione Corfield, and Samuel L. Jackson. Take a look below for 25 more fun and fascinating facts about xXx: Return of Xander Cage.

1. This is the third installment in the xXx franchise and a sequel to both xXx and xXx: State of the Union.

2. Unlike the previous movies, which were distributed by Columbia Pictures, xXx: Return of Xander Cage was released by Paramount Pictures.

3. This movie marks the first film produced by Revolution Studios in ten years since 2007’s The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep.

4. The movie received mixed reviews from critics and grossed over $346 million worldwide against a production budget of $85 million, making it the highest grossing movie of Revolution Studios and in the franchise.

5. Donnie Yen replaced Jet Li for the role of Xiang, after Li dropped out for undisclosed reasons.

6. Originally, the movie was going to be a direct sequel to the first movie, ignoring xXx: State of the Union.

7. The tattoo on xXx’s leg bears the name Harry O’Connor. Harry O’Connor was a stuntman featured in xXx who died during filming. He was the stuntman who doubled for Xander Cage during the famous parachute zip-wire stunt in Prague.

8. Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone made her Hollywood debut with xXx: Return of Xander Cage. Reportedly, she had turned down an offer to work on Furious 7 after unavailability of dates.

9. Michael Bisping replaced Conor McGregor after McGregor pulled out. Both are UFC champions in their respected weight classes.

10. xXx: Return of Xander Cage is the first entry of the series not to feature Michael Roof due to his death on June 9, 2009.

11. Kris Wu was once a member of the popular Korean pop group EXO.

12. Vin Diesel and Tony Jaa previously starred together in Furious 7.

13. During filming, Michael Bisping accepted a UFC title shot, on two weeks notice, to replace injured challenger Chris Weidman. Despite being a huge betting underdog, Michael Bisping defeated his opponent Luke Rockhold in Round 1 by knock-out, to become the UFC Middleweight Champion.

14. The character of Adele Wolff, played by Ruby Rose, was modeled after Kinessa Johnson. Johnson served in the U.S. armed forces and did a tour in Afghanistan before becoming an advisor for VETPAW, a non-governmental organization made up of veterans that combats poaching using military tactics.

15. xXx: Return of Xander Cage is the film debut of football player Neymar.

16. On the way to recover Pandora’s Box in Detroit, Xander’s team are driving a yellow van with the signs “Pork Chop Express” and “since 1985”. The Pork Chop Express was the name of the truck driven by Jack Burton in Big Trouble in Little China.

17. The airplane that’s used as a mobile base of operations is a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III.

18. In the grenade conversation scene, the table is covered with a movie poster that looks like “Chennai Express” starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone, which was a blockbuster hit in India.

19. Karima McAdams and Jill de Jong, who appeared as the Party Girls in the movie, were both the Lara Croft models for the Tomb Raider video game series.

20. xXx: Return of Xander Cage is the second time in the franchise where August Gibbons fakes his own death.

21. When Gibbons reveals to be alive at the end, he wears glasses with the left ocular darkened. This is a reference to Samuel L. Jackson’s role as the half blind Director Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

22. When Neymar is introduced during the China Restaurant interview, he’s described with, “thought to be recruited for the Avengers,” which is a reference to Samuel L. Jackson’s role as Nick Fury in the Marvel Universe.

23. As shown in one of the trailers, Ice Cube, who starred in xXx: State of the Union, makes a cameo appearance in the movie.

24. Brian Tyler composed and wrote the movie’s original score alongside Robert Lydecker.

25. Donnie Yen and Samuel L. Jackson have roles in the Star Wars expanded universe as Chirrut Imwe in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and as Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, respectively.

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