India’s Box Office Queen Deepika Padukone Re-Ups For Another ‘xXx’ Tour

India’s Box Office Queen Deepika Padukone Re-Ups For Another ‘xXx’ Tour

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Director DJ Caruso has confirmed that Deepika Padukone will reprise her role in the next installment of the Vin Diesel-starring action franchise xXx. The 31-year-old Indian actress made her Hollywood debut in xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, playing the part of Serena Unger in the multi-cultural star-studded cast that included Diesel, Donnie Yen, Kris Wu, Tony Jaa, Samuel Jackson, Ice Cube, and in a cameo, soccer superstar Neymar. In the decade since her 2007 film debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in the romantic musical Om Shanti Om, the Bangalore-born Padukone has firmly established herself as one of India’s top female movie stars, with a long track record of leading appearances with India’s superstar actors.

Deepika Padukone

In its latest Forbes analysis of the world’s highest paid actresses, Deepika ranked 10th with earnings of $10 million in 2015-2016. Her Indian blockbuster hits include the action comedy Chennai Express (2013) and  the musical-comedy Happy New Year (2104), both of which also starred Shah Rukh Khan, and the drama Bajiao Mastani (2015), with Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra. There has been much media discussion regarding a rivalry between Padukone and Priyanka Chopra, both Indian actresses who recently made their Hollywood debuts. Chopra played a villain in the action-comedy Baywatch, which has been a global dud, taking in just $86 million worldwide since its May 26th debut. Interestingly, Paramount Pictures is the studio behind both actresses first Hollywood films. The new picture with Diesel and Padukone will be the fourth in the Paramount Pictures franchise that began with the 2002 film xXx, which starred Diesel as an extreme sports athlete who was recruited by the U.S. government to handle a special mission. Directed by Rob Cohen (the helmer who also launched the enduring Fast and Furious franchise), the stunt-fueled action-adventure xXx was a hit with a $142 million domestic cume and an additional $135 million overseas. But the series was discontinued when the sequel, xXx: State of the Union, flopped with just $26 million in domestic grosses and $44 million offshore.

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