Singer Jay Chou to star in new Xander Cage film

Jay Chou performing during the Tmall 11:11 Global Shopping Festival gala in Shanghai recently. He is likely to crank up the Asian appeal in the follow-up xXx 4 movie.
Jay Chou performing during the Tmall 11:11 Global Shopping Festival gala in Shanghai recently. He is likely to crank up the Asian appeal in the follow-up xXx 4 movie.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LOS ANGELES • Last year, xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage earned almost half its worldwide total of US$346 million (S$475 million) at the Chinese box office.

That huge jackpot has now propelled the producers to further crank up the Asian appeal, roping in Mandopop goliath Jay Chou to co-star alongside action heavyweight Vin Diesel and Bollywood superstar Deepika Padukone in the follow-up xXx 4 movie.

Trade publication Variety reported that Chinese actors Zoe Zhang and Roy Wang are also part of the new project directed by D.J. Caruso.

He also helmed the previous edition that did well in China, boosted by Diesel's connection to the high-octane The Fast And The Furious movie franchise and the presence of action heroes Donnie Yen and Tony Jaa.

Hong Kong star Jackie Chan is also involved in xXx 4, with his production company joining other Chinese backers in investing in the movie which will start shooting next year.

Chou, 39, previously made his Hollywood forays in adventure flick The Green Hornet (2011) and action-comedy Now You See Me 2 (2016).

For xXx 4, expect the producers to persuade him to contribute songs too.

Chou did help out in his previous Hollywood outings, with his songs joining others by big names like The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie and Pharrell Williams in the soundtracks.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 23, 2018, with the headline 'Singer Jay Chou to star in new Xander Cage film'. Print Edition | Subscribe