Roughly a decade ago, the abysmal xXx: State of the Union seemed to torch any hope of a third entry in the burgeoning extreme-sports-star-gets-slightly-more-extreme franchise. State of the Union, starring a less-than-enthused Ice Cube, Willem Dafoe, and Xzibit at the peak of his Pimp My Ride phenomena, was the reliably ridiculous sequel to the ridiculousness-initiating xXx. The only difference, of course, was a glaring lack of Vin Diesel.

Following the profound dollar signs generated by Furious 7, Diesel will now continue to flex those sequel muscles with xXx 3, which he confirmed via black-tie 'gram:

Though it's easy to trust that Diesel does in fact live for this shit, it's rather difficult to believe that another entry in an action franchise with a general narrative perhaps better suited for an extended energy drink commercial could actually be any good. The original pulled in hit-worthy box office receipts in 2002, though the Cube-led State of the Union was a certified bomb. As noted by others, Diesel's return to the franchise will be marked by some truly interesting plot details, as his character was actually killed off in a short film meant to bridge the narrative between the first and second films. But, hey, the whole resurrection thing would surely only add to the energy drink commercial aesthetic.

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