Vinnie Jones in Smokin’ Aces 2!

Arm-Cannoned “X-Men” mutant Vinnie Jones has joined the cast of Universal’s “Smokin’ Aces” prequel.

Jones, whose many film credits include “X-Men : The Last Stand”, “Snatch” and the recent “Midnight Meat Train”, will play McTeague a bloodthirsty and cunning assassin on the trail of a protected witness in the P.J Pesce-directed flick.

Martha Higareda, seen recently as Grace Garcia in Fox’s “Street Kings”, is also in the film.

Moviehole can also confirm a couple of returning characters (from Joe Carnahan’s original film) – Maury Sterling will reprise his role as Lester Tremor, and Christopher Holley will be back as ‘Beanie’, Buddy Ace’s loyal aid from the previous film.

Tom Berenger, David Richmond-Peck, Michael Parks, Merwin Mondesir and Tommy Flanagan are also in the film’s cast.