Jeff Labrecque
August 26, 2009 AT 01:02 PM EDT

Ericson Core (Invincible) will direct XXX: The Return of Xander Cage. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Vin Diesel, who had skipped the 2005 sequel that starred Ice Cube, will reprise his role as the extreme athlete turned secret agent. Diesel had original hoped to reteam with the 2002 original film’s director, Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious), but the project had been without a director since June, when Cohen left to make another movie. Diesel and Core have previously worked together on the original The Fast and the Furious, where Core was the cinematographer.

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