London has fallen

Welcome back to Sequel Bits, the irregular feature covering all of the sequel news you could possibly desire. In today’s edition:

  • London Has Fallen unveils a new poster.
  • XXX 3: The Return of Xander Cage casts Jet Li and Tony Jaa.
  • No, Michael Bay will not talk about Transformers 5.
  • The Legend of Conan and Triplets are still very much alive.

London has fallen

How many head-stabbings does it take to save the President of the United States when terrorists attack London? Since Gerard Butler is back for London Has Fallen, the sequel to Olympus Has Fallen, the answer is surely “a lot.” Butler’s Secret Service agent and head-stabber extraordinaire stands front and center in the sequel’s new poster, which contains its fair of carnage and mass destruction behind the colors of the Union Jack. Also, the tagline is “Prepare For Bloody Hell,” which is a very special kind of ludicrous that transcends great and terrible and enters its own unique realm.

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Here is further proof that XXX 3: The Return of Xander Cage is an actual movie that actual humans are making and not a figment of Vin Diesel‘s imagination: The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Jet Li is set to play a villain in the project. Details are scarce (they can’t confirm whether or not he’s the the villain or villain), but it looks like Li will play the leader of a team that faces off against Diesel’s Xander Cage. I don’t have a strong opinion on Li appearing in this movie – anything is step up after the Expendables movies – but the mere existence of another XXX movie starring Vin Diesel more than a decade after he was replaced by Ice Cube for part two is proof that dreams do come true. Not your dreams, silly. Just Vin Diesel’s.

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Speaking of martial artists joining XXX 3, Ong-Bak star Tony Jaa has also joined the film, but his character is completely under wraps. This will be the second time Jaa has appeared in an action sequel starring Vin Diesel, following his small role as a henchman in Furious 7. Revolution Studios CEO Vince Totino had this to say about his casting:

“Tony Jaa joining the cast of xXx 3: The Return of Xander Cage further demonstrates the level of extreme athleticism and action that we are going to deliver to audiences. The fans have been asking for it and our goal is to deliver it.”

It’s cool that Jaa is getting Hollywood work and Totino’s heart is in the right place with that statement, but we’ve got to call a time-out here. The XXX series doesn’t have fans. C’mon.

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