XXX (film series)

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Directed by
Produced by
Written by
StarringSee below
Music by
Edited by
Distributed by
Release date
  • 1: August 9, 2002
  • 2: April 29, 2005
  • 3: January 20, 2017
Running time
220 minutes[1] >[2]
  • United States
BudgetTotal (3 films):
$215 million
Box officeTotal (3 films):

XXX (stylized as xXx and pronounced as Triple X) is an American action film series created by Rich Wilkes. It stars Vin Diesel and Ice Cube and consists of three films: xXx (2002), xXx: State of the Union (2005) and xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017), and a short film: The Final Chapter: The Death of Xander Cage. The series has grossed $656 million worldwide.


xXx (2002)[edit]

The film was released on August 9, 2002, which stars Vin Diesel as Xander Cage, a thrill seeking extreme sports enthusiast, stuntman and rebellious athlete-turned-reluctant spy for the National Security Agency who is sent on a dangerous mission to infiltrate a group of potential Russian terrorists in Central Europe. The film also stars Asia Argento, Marton Csokas and Samuel L. Jackson. It was directed by Rob Cohen, who previously directed The Fast and the Furious (2001), in which Diesel also starred.

xXx: State of the Union (2005)[edit]

The film was released on April 29, 2005, which stars Ice Cube as Darius Stone, a new agent in the Triple X program, who is sent to Washington, DC to defuse a power struggle amongst national leaders.

xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017)[edit]

The film was released on January 20, 2017, sees the return of Diesel as Xander Cage who comes out of self-imposed exile, thought to be long dead, and is set on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s Box. Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments.[4]


The H Collective and iQiyi are partnering to produce a fourth installment of the xXx film series after The H Collective acquired franchise rights from Revolution Studios. D. J. Caruso will direct the film, and Vin Diesel will reprise his role as Xander Cage. Production is scheduled to begin in early 2019.[5] On November 20, 2018, Deadline reported that both Jay Chou and Zoe Zhang were cast.[6]

Short film[edit]

The Final Chapter: The Death of Xander Cage[edit]

Included with the 2005 director's cut DVD of the first film is a four-minute short titled The Final Chapter: The Death of Xander Cage, that serves as a prequel to xXx: State of the Union by detailing the alleged death of Xander Cage before the events of that film.

In the short film, Xander is played by Vin Diesel's stunt double Khristian Lupo (who never shows his face or speaks) while reusing some archival lines spoken by Diesel. It also features Leila Arcieri as Jordan King from the first film and John G. Connolly as Lt. Colonel Alabama "Bama" Cobb, one of the villains from xXx: State of the Union, as the man behind the attack on Xander.


Characters Films Short film
xXx xXx:
State of the Union
Return of Xander Cage
The Final Chapter:
The Death of Xander Cage
2002 2005 2017 2005
Xander Cage
Vin Diesel Vin Diesel Khristian Lupo
Vin Diesel
(archive recordings)
NSA Agent Augustus Eugene Gibbons Samuel L. Jackson  
Darius Stone
  Ice Cube  
Toby Lee Shavers Michael Roof  
Jordan King Leila Arcieri Leila Arcieri
Alabama "Bama" Cobb   John G. Connolly   John G. Connolly
Yorgi Martin Csokas
Yelena Asia Argento
Milan Sova Richy Müller
Kirill Werner Daehn
Kolya Petr Jákl
Viktor Jan Pavel Filipensky
California State Senator Dick Hotchkiss Tom Everett
El Jefe Danny Trejo
NSA Agent Jim McGrath Thomas Ian Griffth
J.J. Eve
NSA Agent Roger Donnan William Hope
Ivan Pedgrag Radek Tomecka
Ivan Podrov Martin Hub
General George Deckert   Willem Dafoe  
NSA Agent Kyle Christopher Steele   Scott Speedman  
U.S. President James Sanford   Peter Strauss  
Zeke   Xzibit  
Charlie Mayweather   Sunny Mabrey  
Lola Jackson   Nona Gaye  
NSA Agent Meadows   Ramon De Ocampo  
Donnie Yen  
Serena Unger
Deepika Padukone  
Becky Clearidge Nina Dobrev  
Adele Wolff Ruby Rose  
Talon Tony Jaa  
Jane Marke Toni Collette  
Harvard "Nicks" Zhou Kris Wu  
Tennyson "Torch" Rory McCann  
CIA Director Anderson Al Sapienza  
Gina Roff Ariadna Gutiérrez  
Hawk Michael Bisping  
Ainsley Hermione Corfield  
Red Erik Andrey Ivchenko  
Neymar Jr.


Film Director Writer(s) Producer(s) Cinematographer Music Editor(s)
xXx Rob Cohen Rich Wilkes Neal H. Moritz Dean Semler Randy Edelman Chris Lebenzon
Joel Negron
Paul Rubell
xXx: State of the Union Lee Tamahori Simon Kinberg Neal H. Moritz
Anre Schmidt
David Tattersall Marco Beltrami Mark Goldblatt
Todd E. Miller
Steven Rosenblum
xXx: Return of Xander Cage D. J. Caruso F. Scott Frazier Joe Roth
Jeff Kirschenbaum
Vin Diesel
Samantha Vincent
Russell Carpenter Brian Tyler
Robert Lydecker
Jim Page
Vince Filippone


Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Box office revenue Box office ranking Budget Reference
North America Other
Worldwide All time
North America
All time
xXx August 9, 2002 $142,109,382 $135,339,000 $277,448,382 #334 #416 $70 million [7]
xXx: State of the Union April 29, 2005 $26,873,932 $44,148,761 $71,022,693 #2,675 N/A $60 million [8]
xXx: Return of Xander Cage January 20, 2017 $44,898,413 $301,065,438 $345,963,851 #1,750 #322 $85 million [9]
Total $213,881,727 $480,553,199 $694,434,926 $215 million [3]

Critical response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
xXx 48% (178 reviews)[10] 48 (33 reviews)[11] A−[12]
xXx: State of the Union 16% (135 reviews)[13] 37 (31 reviews)[14] B+[12]
xXx: Return of Xander Cage 45% (121 reviews)[15] 42 (25 reviews)[16] A–[12]

The first film received mixed reviews from critics. Roger Ebert called it "as good as a James Bond movie".[17] Adam Smith of Empire Online called the movie, "Sporadically entertaining, but seriously hampered by a very choppy screenplay", and rating it three out of five stars.[18] The film was nominated for a Razzie Award for Most Flatulent Teen-Targeted Movie, but lost to Jackass: The Movie.

The second film in the series was panned by critics, Boo Allen of the Denton Record Chronicle called it "a chubby, surly, incomprehensible action hero".[19] Brian Orndorf of compared watching the film to running "headfirst at top speed into a brick wall".[20] David Hiltbrand of the Philadelphia Inquirer said "the plot swings between pathetically implausible and aggressively stupid".[21] Some critics liked the film. Mack Bates of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel praised Ice Cube's "trademark charisma and street sensibility",[22] while Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly called it "that rare B movie that’s rooted in gut-level stirrings of power and retaliation".[23] Paul Arendt of the BBC said, "Viewed on its own trashy terms, it succeeds brilliantly".[24]

Video game[edit]

A Video game featuring Xander Cage was produced for Game Boy Advance, released in North America and Europe in 2002. [25]


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  25. ^ "XXX Prices GameBoy Advance - Compare Loose, CIB & New Prices". PriceCharting.

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