Rumor Control: Vin Diesel Still On Board For ‘xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage’

Early this morning, a rumor hit the Internets concerning Vin Diesel and one of his upcoming gigs. Citing a “trusted source,” website CineFOOLS reported that “Vin Diesel has dropped out of ’xXx 3.'” No reason accompanied the news, though the writer speculated that it might have something to do with director Rob Cohen’s departure from the franchise. Diesel of course launched the franchise in 2002, though the 2005 sequel centered on a new hero, played by Ice Cube.

Seeing as how the title of the film specifically references Diesel’s character, his departure would likely spell some pretty significant changes for the coming sequel. Fortunately, it turns out that the rumor is untrue: Vin Diesel is still on board to star in “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage,” which currently has a tentative 2011 release listed.

The word comes from Diesel’s publicist, who checked out the rumor and confirmed it to be false. As he said in his e-mail to MTV News, “I made a few calls on this and I can tell you that it is completely not true.” So there you have it.

Move along people. There’s nothing to see here. Except “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” starring Vin Diesel of course, but that’s a couple years away.

Your daily dose
of the latest news

Get the MTV News app today.