Vin-Diesel-in-RiddickVin Diesel returns to the big screen this year in two immensely anticipated sequels, kicking things off next month in Fast and Furious 6, and closing his year with Riddick in September.

Marking the third instalment in the series, David Twohy’s Riddick follows on from 2000’s Pitch Black and 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick, and has really been a long time coming.

Diesel himself shared the awesome first teaser trailer last month. And following all the brilliant things we’ve seen through him already, he’s debuted another great image from the film through his Facebook.

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.

Karl Urban reprises his role as Vaako from The Chronicles of Riddick. And joining the duo is a great cast, led by Katee Sackhoff, Jordi Mollà, Matt Nable, Bokeem Woodbine, Nolan Gerard Funk, Keri Hilson, and WWE’s Dave Bautista.

Twohy is once more directing from his own script, with Diesel himself producing alongside past collaborators Ted Field (Pitch Black, The Last Samurai) and Samantha Vincent (Fast & Furious, Fast Five).

Riddick will be released in regular and IMAX theatres on September 6th, which is a release date that just can’t come fast enough. This looks set to be another very good year for Diesel, and I can’t wait to see him in both of these upcoming sequels.