At the end of last year, Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez became a household name after Steve Harvey incorrectly crowned her as Miss Universe. Now that Gutierrez is ready to make her acting debut, she has been crowned with a lead role in a high-profile movie role.

TMZ is reporting that Gutierrez will play Vin Diesel’s love interest in the upcoming sequel to his 2002 blockbuster “xXx.”

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The film, entitled “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage,” will attempt to breathe new life into a franchise originally envisioned as James Bond for the X Games generation.

After the original film grossed a solid $277 million, Diesel walked away; replaced by Ice Cube for 2005’s dud “xXx: State of the Union.” The series was put in mothballs for a decade until Diesel recently decided that he’d like to play the sports-star-turned-secret agent once again.

According to TMZ’s report, Gutierrez’s role is “not insignificant. She’s in 6 scenes and has 3 pages of dialogue.” She will begin shooting in the Dominican Republic this week.

The plot of the third film, which will be directed by “Salton Sea” filmmaker DJ Caruso, has Xander Cage coming out of hiding in an attempt to track down a weapon known as Pandora’s Box. According to Variety, Samuel L. Jackson will also be returning to the series — alongside newcomers Nina Dobrev, Donnie Yen and “Orange is the New Black” breakout Ruby Rose. UFC superstar Conor McGregor has also joined the cast.

“xXx: The Return of Xander Cage,” which is currently filming, is targeting a Jan. 20, 2017 release date.

Posted by:Larry Carroll

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