xXx: State of the Union (2005)

Vin Diesel and Rob Cohen had signed onto a sequel before the first xXx movie even came out, but both dropped out as Diesel disliked the script. Cohen made Stealth, which was probably not the right move. Ice Cube then came in to be the new xXx, which wasn’t a great move either. Diesel made A Man Apart, which was a minor success.

The producers brought in Lee Tamahori, who had just had a success with the Bond film Die Another Day.

The movie starts with blowing everything up from the first one. Agent Augustus Gibbons (Samuel Jackson) is nearly killed and Xander Cage is murdered in Bora Bora. This means that a new xXx must come on board: former Navy SEAL Lieutenant Darius Stone. There’s only one issue; he’s in the brig at Leavenworth for disobeying orders and attacking General George Deckert (Willem Dafoe), who is now the Secretary of Defense.

Scott Speedman shows up as a fellow agent, Xzibit is in this and Michael Roof comes back from the first movie. Sunny Mabrey from Snakes on a Plane and Species III plays one of the villains and Nona Gaye plays a love interest.

A scene was filmed showing Xander Cage being killed in an explosion off-screen, with his severed body parts flying in the air. The scene was deleted, just in case Vin Diesel ever decided to reprise his role. Of course he came back.

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