Fourteen years after he first debuted as Xander Cage in the high adrenaline film xXx, Vin Diesel will soon be making a triumphant return to the franchise in xXx: Return of Xander Cage. The film is set to hit screens on January 20 next year, and in order to get us appropriately amped for its release the first trailer dropped today.
The trailer was released via Vin's Facebook page, and was so popular it even attracted the attention of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg who expressed his excitement about the long-awaited threequel:
As with the two previous xXx films, xXx: Return of Xander Cage looks absolutely jam packed with displays of extreme sports, and I have to be perfectly honest: some of the scenes look downright mind blowing. Don't take my word for it though, check out the trailer and then join me for a thorough breakdown of the best bits below:
Recovered yet? Good, now let's take a look at it all over again!
We're introduced to the trailer with Agent Augustus Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson reprising his role) explaining that even though we're supposedly safer than ever before, due to the world constantly changing that's simply not true.
To keep up with the threats of this ever changing world, Gibbons reveals we need to different type of soldier to fight it. Cue Vin Diesel skiing in a jungle?!
As we're bombarded with shots of people fighting, flipping trucks and using welding torches to break into buildings, Gibbons impresses that they "need people with the skills and attitude to take on threats we don't even know exist."
We're also treated to look at some of the bad-ass ladies of the film, including Ruby Rose as Adele Wolff, and Nina Dobrev as Becky.
Dressed in all-white, Toni Collette's character then poetically says that they "need someone who can walk into a tornado, and come out the other side like it was a damn gentle breeze." Spoilers, Toni: that person is Xander Cage.
While Gibbons takes it to a basic level: "Let me simplify it for you: kick some ass and try to look dope while doing it."
As Xander grins and tells Gibbons he "can definitely make that work" the trailer fades to title cards, but not before Ruby Rose announces what must be the best tagline for any action film to date: "Guns, girls, global domination. Xander Cage is back."
Hell yes he is!
After he was thought to be dead following the events of xXx: State of the Union, Xander Cage returns from exile in a race to recover a deadly weapon known as Pandora's Box. With a worthy group of thrill-seeking soldiers at his side, Xander and co face off against alpha warrior Xiang and his crew, but soon Cage finds that he's entangled in a conspiracy that goes far higher than he could have ever imagined.
As mentioned, Vin Diesel and Samuel L. Jackson are joined by Ruby Rose (Orange is the New Black), Nina Dobrev (Vampire Diaries) and Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense), along with Rory McCann (Game of Thrones), Donnie Yen (the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Deepika Padukone (Chennai Express) and Tony Jaa (Furious 7). Meanwhile the film is being directed by Disturbia and I Am Number Four director D.J. Caruso.
xXx: Return of Xander Cage hits theaters on January 20, 2017.
Are you all in to see Xander's return?