XXX: State of the Union: According to Variety, Scott Speedman is in final negotiations to join the cast of Revolution Studio's actioner XXX: State of the Union, which Lee Tamahori begins lensing this summer.

Speedman will play National Security Agency agent and adrenaline junkie Kyle Steele, who works alongside the XXX program's newest recruit (Ice Cube) to thwart a political power struggle in the nation's capital.

First pic's Samuel L. Jackson returns for the second installment. Willem Dafoe also stars.

Tamahori begins lensing the film in July around Los Angeles, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., directing from a script by Simon Kinberg.

The film is expected to bow May 13, 2005.