Vin Diesel’s return to the character has been a long time coming, and I’ve been aptly following this one throughout its production. Needless to say, I can’t wait for September to roll around.
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.
Also reprising his role alongside Diesel will be Karl Urban, with the two joined by Katee Sackhoff, Jordi Mollà, Matt Nable, Bokeem Woodbine, Nolan Gerard Funk, Keri Hilson, and WWE’s Dave Bautista.
David Twohy, who helmed the first two movies, is back in the director’s chair for the third time running, directing from his own script.
During the course of the panel, via CBM, Diesel also said that he’ll have some big Marvel news for us at the end of the month, which is ridiculously exciting. An audience member asked what his ‘vision’ is for the franchise, hinting at speculation that he might be playing Vision, a character who has been a member of The Avengers and married to Scarlet Witch, one of the two characters Joss Whedon has confirmed will be in The Avengers 2.
Diesel didn’t give away any specifics, but simply responded, “I’ll say this: big news at the end of the month.”
There has of course also been speculation that he’ll be playing Thanos, and become the Big Bad for Phase Two (and, most likely, Phase Three) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which I think would be immensely interesting to see.
Of course, what’s most important about tonight is the return of Riddick, and the film’s appearance at Comic-Con.
Riddick will be hitting regular and IMAX cinemas on 4th September here in the UK, with its US release date following two days later on September 6th. In the meantime, here’s the new trailer straight out of San Diego. And remember, this one’s restricted, so be sure to come back later if you’re reading this at your desk.
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