xxx 3

Are you ready for some piping hot Vin Diesel news? What if I toss in some Bryce Dallas Howard and Harrison Ford? In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:

  • A surprising actor may be returning for XXX 3: The Return of Xander Cage.
  • XXX 3 also recruits a new villain.
  • Fast 8 threatens to blow up Iceland.
  • Bryce Dallas Howard teases how Claire has changed in Jurassic World 2.
  • Blade Runner 2 is apparently really, truly, actually happening.

A decade ago, Vin Diesel asked for too much money to reprise his role in the XXX sequel and he was replaced with Ice Cube of all people. XXX 2: State of the Union was a box office bomb and the rest is weird history, with Diesel finding a second wind in the Fast and Furious series and Ice Cube becoming a comedy star. Now, Moviehole is reporting the Ice Cube will return to the series alongside Diesel for XXX 3: The Return of Xander Cage, which is probably a big deal for that handful of dedicated XXX fans out there. Considering that Diesel’s character was killed off in a DVD special feature to make room for Ice Cube, you’d think there’d be some hard feelings there. Then again, Diesel may be drawing inspiration from the Fast and Furious movies, which has continuously recycled and resurrected characters from every entry in the franchise. Still, we can’t help but think this news smells just a little fishy. Wait until something official is announced before you celebrate by draining a Red Bull and skateboarding down an exploding mountain like a real fan of this series.

Andrey Ivchenko

If you do want some official XXX 3 news, Variety reports that Andrey Ivchenko has joined the cast of the film as a villain, possibly as a member of the team of baddies Jet Li is supposedly leading to take down Diesel’s Xander Cage. You probably aren’t familiar with Ivchenko unless you suffered through Freezer or caught him in a guest-starring role in Jane the Virgin or something, but good for him! He certainly looks like an intimidating guy and should be able to do the whole villain thing.

fast and furious 8

And now time for one more piece of information related to a sequel starring Vin Diesel. According to Iceland Review, portions of Fast 8 will be shot in the West Iceland town of Akranes and that the shoot will feature the “largest explosion ever in Iceland.” With the bulk of filming expected to go down in Atlanta and New York City, we’d put good money on Dom and his crew blowing Iceland to bits in an opening sequence before driving across the flaming wreckage of the once-proud nation and ramping across the ocean and landing on an east coast highway just in time for a drag race.

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