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Riddick Returns

Regardless of your thoughts on the prior career trajectory of gruff-voiced, slap-headed Vin Diesel – from The Iron Giant to The Pacifier, yikes! – its hard to deny that Riddick, his monosyllabic, night-visioned killer, is an icon of cool.

With 13 years since he first made his appearance in the stylishly bleak Pitch Black and 8 since the bloated, mythology-heavy sequel, The Chronicles of Riddick, you’d be forgiven for thinking the franchise was dead, a few decent video games aside. But, no: Diesel and his team have fought tooth and nail, the result being is that the somewhat perfunctorily titled Riddick is due out on September 6th of this year.

As well as bringing back Karl “One True Dredd” Urban’s Vaako, the film will also star genre stalwart Katee “Starbuck” Sackhoff. According to Collider, the synopsis runs as follows:

“The latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000′s hit sci-fi film Pitch Black and 2004′s The Chronicles of Riddick reunites writer/director David Twohy (A Perfect Getaway, The Fugitive) and star Vin Diesel (the Fast and Furious franchise, xXx). 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.

Riddick also sees the return of Karl Urban (Star Trek, The Bourne Supremacy) as Vaako and introduces to the series Jordi Molla (Bad Boys II, Colombiana) as Santana, the arrogant captain of the mercenary ship; Matt Nable (Killer Elite) as Boss Johns, a man looking for answers; Katee Sackhoff (TV’s Battlestar Galactica) as the Nordic mercenary Dahl; and Bokeem Woodbine (upcoming Total Recall) as bounty hunter Moss. Rounding out the cast are Dave Bautista (The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption), Conrad Pla (Immortals), Raoul Trujillo (Apocalypto), Nolan Funk (TV’s Aliens in America) and two-time Grammy Award-nominated singer Keri Hilson.”

If, for Riddick purists that sounds a touch close to the original film, the teaser trailer below goes some way to assuring us that, regardless of how close it hews to Pitch Black, Riddick promises to be very, very cool.

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