XXX Sequel Begins Production

XXX: State of the Union has begun production sans Vin Diesel. Which in my opinion is a good thing. Vin Diesel has been in to many films lately and I think if he wants to stay on top of the game he has to let people rest their eyes for awhile.

Ice Cube replaces Vin Diesel in the lead role of a Gen-X James Bond prototype whose extreme sports skills and criminal record make him an effective and expendable secret agent. Samuel L. Jackson will return as NSA agent Augustus Gibbons, the handler of the incorrigible agent drafted to tackle unsavory thugs around the world.

"'XXX' was a tremendously rewarding experience for us, and we are thrilled to be continuing this exciting franchise with 'XXX: State of the Union,'" said Revolution Studios' Garner. "Ice Cube is a talented and diverse actor and Lee Tamahori is a gifted director, and their unique abilities will make the second film in this franchise as fresh and exciting as the first film."

The film is being written Simon Kinberg and will be directed by Lee Tamahori. Right now it is on schedule to be released on May 13th 2005.

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