Colombian Miss Universe runner-up cast as Vin Diesel's love interest in 'xXx' sequel

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Miss Colombia Cast as Vin Diesel's Love Interest in XXx 3

After finishing as the runner-up in the Miss Universe pageant and making headlines around the world, Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez has won the role of Vin Diesel's love interest in "xXx: The Return of Xander Cage," an individual familiar with the Paramount project told TheWrap.

Paramount declined to comment. The studio is teaming on the action-packed sequel with Revolution Studios, Roth Kirschenbaum Films and Diesel's One Race Films.

D.J. Caruso is directing the new "xXx" from a script by Chad St. John and F. Scott Frazier. Joe Roth will produce with Diesel, among others, while Revolution's Vince Totino and Scott Hemming will serve as executive producers. Production starts soon in the Dominican Republic.

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Colombian Miss Universe runner-up cast as Vin Diesel's love interest in 'xXx' sequel
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: (L-R) Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez, has her crown removed by Miss Universe 2014, Paulina Vega, and given to the winner of Miss Universe 2015, Miss Phillipines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach. Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, was incorrectly named Miss Universe 2015 during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (R), reacts as she is crowned the 2015 Miss Universe by 2014 Miss Universe Paulina Vega (C) during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez, was mistakenly named as Miss Universe 2015 instead of First Runner-up. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (R), reacts as she is crowned the 2015 Miss Universe by 2014 Miss Universe Paulina Vega (C) during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez, was mistakenly named as Miss Universe 2015 instead of First Runner-up. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, who was mistakenly named as First Runner-up, reacts as she is named the 2015 Miss Universe during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (C), who was mistakenly named as First Runner-up reacts with other contestants after being named the 2015 Miss Universe during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (C), who was mistakenly named as First Runner-up reacts with other contestants after being named the 2015 Miss Universe during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is crowned Miss Universe 2015 on stage during the 2015 MISS UNIVERSE show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, California, on December 20, 2015. Miss Philippines was named Miss Universe, but in a drama-filled turn worthy of a telenovela. The pageant's host comedian Steve Harvey, also a talk show host, misread the card which he said had Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez, is incorrectly named Miss Universe 2015 instead of First Runner-up during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The winner of Miss Universe is Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (not pictured). (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss USA 2015, Olivia Jordan, is named a top three finalist during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez, is named a top three finalist during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, is named a top three finalist during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: The top 15 finalists (L-R) Miss USA 2015, Olivia Jordan, Miss France 2015, Flora Coquerel, Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Dominican Republic 2015, Clarissa Molina, Miss Indonesia 2015, Anindya Kusuma Putri, Miss Australia 2015, Monika Radulovic, Miss Brazil 2015, Marthina Brandt, compete during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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It would be a stretch to say that Gutierrez is playing Diesel's girlfriend, but they definitely share a mutual attraction, so "love interest" is a fair descriptor, if we had to put a label on their cinematic relationship.

After sitting out 2005's "xXx: State of the Union," Diesel returns to the franchise to reprise his role as Xander Cage, and this time he'll be joined by Samuel L. Jackson, Toni Collette, Nina Dobrev, Ruby Rose, Hermione Corfield, Bollywood star Deepika Padukone, Chinese superstar Kris Wu and martial-arts sensations Donnie Yen, Tony Jaa and Conor McGregor.

"xXx" marks the first movie role for Gutierrez, whose casting was first reported by TMZ.

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