Deepika to return in “Return of Xander Cage” sequel
Deepika Padukone's Hollywood debut may not have been as big a hit as her fans back in India may have wanted, but one of Bollywood's top leading ladies looks all set to reprise her role of Serena Unger. DJ Caruso, director of “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” tweeted recently that the cast is returning for the sequel.
A particularly astute social media user chanced upon a nostalgic Instagram post from the official handle of actress Ruby Rose, who featured in the film alongside Deepika Padukone, Vin Diesel and Nina Dobrev. “And while I'm here I can't forget my training for Adele in 'xXx'... but... more new exciting news on that soon ;),” Ruby wrote. The fan took a screenshot and reached out to Caruso on Twitter asking if the new film is in the works.
The director replied in a series of tweets confirming the news. “Yes meetings next week. Honing in on story and start dates,” he wrote back, and later confirmed with an emphatic “Oh yes!” when a fan asked particularly if Deepika was going to feature in it.
Deepika's character in her first Hollywood film was much loved by her fans, particularly the fact that she got to do a lot of stunts, even though action star Vin Diesel was headlining the movie. While trolls criticised her for her Indian accent, the fact remains that Deepika's character was integral to the plot.
“xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” was the third installment in the “xXx” franchise and a sequel to “xXx” (2002) and “xXx: State of the Union” (2005). Despite mixed reviews, the film grossed over $346 million worldwide against a production budget of $85 million.
Source: Mumbai Mirror