The Vin Diesel-fueled threequel for his successful Riddick films has released the first official set photo (seen here) and an official synopsis …
Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy. The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he's encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty. The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won't leave the planet without Riddick's head as their trophy.
Likewise, the as-yet-unnamed project has added two new cast members.
Karl Urban returns in his role as Vaako; and of special note, Bokeem Woodbine and R&B singer Keri Hilson will co-star. Woodbine will play a bounty hunter named Moss; no word on Hilson's role.
Dave Bautista (The Scorpion King 3), Conrad Pla (Immortals) Raoul Trujillo (Apocalypto), Jordi Molla (Colombiana), Matt Nable (Killer Elite) and Katee Sackhoff (TV's Battlestar Galactica) round out the cast.
David Twohy who wrote and directed the first 2 Riddick films will direct this as well.
Finally, Vin Diesel apparently took to Facebook to reveal some more information …
While I was working on character, the Director and his team of artists have been creating the world and style of this picture. We all know how much I enjoy concept art and storyboards, haha, I am like a kid in a candy shop.
Seeing the early stage of CGI is always fascinating to me, it is a element that usually comes together long after the filming process, so you look forward to seeing it fully realized.
First stop for the Riddick production is Canada, which is where we shot a large part of Chronicles …
P.s. I am grateful to have Universal in such support of this complex character’s journey … not many studios would back an "R" rating. Very cool.
Director Twohy was apparently so intent on making this an R-rated film that he agreed to work for scale pay up front. Look for this project from Universal Pictures in 2013.