Vin Diesel’s ‘XXX’ Sequel Casts Andrey Ivchenko

Andrey Ivchenko has joined Vin Diesel in “XXX: The Return of Xander Cage,” sources tell Variety.

He boards the sequel, which has already cast Jet Li, Nina Dobrev, Ruby Rose and Deepika Padukone. The actioner is directed by D.J. Caruso and also stars Samuel L. Jackson, who is returning to reprise his role.

Inchenko will play one of the bad guys Diesel faces off against.

Joe Roth is producing the movie with his new partner Jeff Kirschenbaum, along with Diesel and his producing partner/sister, Samantha Vincent.

The original movie starred Diesel as an extreme sports athlete recruited to be a spy and use his unique skillset to stop a global terrorist. The film grossed $142 million domestically. A sequel followed in 2005, but it was made without Diesel and underwhelmed at the box office.

Production for the film is set to start later this month, but plot details are still under wraps.

Ivhenko’s past credits include “Jane the Virgin” and “Six Feet Under.” He is repped by Headline Talent Agency and Hg5 Entertainment.

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