Riddick is the second sequel to 2000's Pitch Black, a down and dirty sci-fi horror actioner featuring Vin Diesel as supporting badass Riddick. For 2004's The Chronicles of Riddick, Diesel and writer-director David Twohy attempted to turn the eponymous murderer into a more straightforward hero, putting him at the center of an expensive PG-13 event movie, one intended to kick off a space opera trilogy. That didn't work out so well, and for Riddick, Twohy and Diesel are returning the character to his R-rated, horror-inflected origins.
So once again, Riddick finds Diesel's character stranded on a desolate alien world where the only natives are bloodthirsty creatures with a taste for human flesh. With no choice but to activate a distress beacon, the former emperor of the Necromonger Army inadvertently attracts the attention of some mercenaries who intend to collect Riddick's head for reasons financial and personal.
Like so many images from Riddick and Fast Six, this one was brought to the world by Diesel himself via his Facebook.
Obviously, Diesel's the big draw as the title character, but Riddick features an interesting supporting cast led by the endlessly lovely Katee Sackhoff, known to the ages as Starbuck on Battlestar Galactica. Last week, Sackhoff sat down with IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick in an exclusive video interview in which she discusses both Riddick and Battlestar. Check out that interview by clicking here.
In addition to Diesel and Sackhoff, the cast includes Jordi Molla, Bokeem Woodbine, Dave Bautista, Nolan Gerard Funk, Raoul Trujillo, and Matt Nable. Karl Urban also briefly reprises his Chronicles of Riddick role as Lord Vaako in a flashback explaining just how Riddick ends up rock-marooned.
Riddick is scheduled to hit conventional and IMAX screens on September 6th of this year.
Here's the official synopsis:
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.