Rapping actor Ice Cube is to replace Vin Diesel in the sequel to smash hit XXX.

The THREE KINGS star will fill in for Vin, after the muscleman pulled out of XXX 2 claiming he didn't want to film another sequel straight after completing Pitch Black 2.

A spokesman for REVOLUTION STUDIOS says, "When we made the decision to cast a new lead actor, Cube was the perfect choice.

"He is a fantastic actor who has the attitude and versatility required to bring this new character to life."

03/10/2003 17:26