Riddick-PosterHaving topped box offices yet again this summer with Fast and Furious 6, Vin Diesel will be back in the lead in just a few weeks’ time, taking centre stage once more in Riddick.

The long-awaited sequel returns us to a character we’ve not seen since 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick, and as a big fan of the franchise, I cannot wait to see Diesel playing the titular character for his third outing.

Universal took the film to Comic-Con over the weekend, sharing a brilliant new red-band trailer. And now we’ve got a new TV spot to share from our shores, with its release little more than a month away.

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.

Diesel is joined by a great cast, with Karl Urban reprising his role as Vaako, starring alongside Katee Sackhoff, Jordi Mollà, Matt Nable, Bokeem Woodbine, Nolan Gerard Funk, Keri Hilson, and WWE’s Dave Bautista.

David Twohy (Pitch Black, The Chronicles of Riddick) is at the helm once more, directing from his own script.

Riddick is set to be released in regular and IMAX cinemas on 4th September here in the UK, with its US release date following two days later on September 6th. Diesel and Twohy lobbied to keep the film’s R rating, and we’ve got every reason to think it will live up to its full potential. And with any luck, it’ll be rebooting the franchise too, like Diesel has previously hinted it might.

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