Deepika confirms to star in Vin Diesel’s next ‘xXx’ movie

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MUMBAI: It’s good news for Deepika Padukone fans! The actress, who made her smashing debut in Hollywood with Vin Diesel’s actioner ‘xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage’ will be seen in the 4th instalment of the franchise as well.

The filmmaker DJ Caruso recently welcomed popular Chinese singer-actor Wang Yuan to the film franchise and when a fan asked him about Deepika, the director replied with an affirmative.

“xXx: Return of Xander Cage” was the third instalment in the “xXx” series after the 2002 film “xXx” and the 2005 entertainer “xXx: State of the Union”. It also stars Ruby Rose, Samuel L. Jackson, Donnie Yen and Tony Jaa. The promotion of the film got Diesel to India in January last year, and he had then said that his dream to explore the country has come true.

The film garnered mixed reviews and grossed over $346 million worldwide against a production budget of $85 million reportedly.

It was hailed as the highest-grossing film of Revolution Studios and in the franchise.

Back home, Deepika was last seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama ‘Padmaavat’ starring Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in lead roles. Deepika’s performance was appreciated by the critics and viewers alike.

The actress has not officially confirmed signing any new film after ‘Padmaavat’.

A social media user then asked: “What about Deepika Padukone. Will she be part of the film”” ” “Yes,” replied Caruso, thereby confirming that the popular actress will be back in the action-packed franchise.

Asked if there was any update on Deepika’s shooting schedule for the film, Caruso responded to a fan: “Working it out now script being scheduled.”

Deepika’s foray into Hollywood had created a strong buzz. In fact, last year Diesel had made his maiden visit to India as he came down to Mumbai with Caruso and the Bollywood actress to promote xXx: Return of Xander Cage. He was welcomed with ‘desi’ fanfare.

The franchise began with the 2002 film xXx, which was followed by the 2005 entertainer xXx: State of the Union.

The third xXx movie, featuring Deepika as Serena Unger, had grossed over $300 million worldwide.