Bokeem Woodbine, Keri Hilson Join Cast Of Long-Awaited "Riddick" Threequel + Official Synopsis

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by Tambay A. Obenson
February 3, 2012 1:10 PM
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Universal Pictures and Vin Diesel's One Race Films officially announced that principal photography has begun on the 3rd film in the Riddick franchise, with shooting taking place in Montreal.

So what's this one going to be about?

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.

No point in going to see the movie then, right? It's all there :)

Not sure what it's going to be titled yet; although I recall about a year and a half ago, Chronicles Of Riddick: Dead Man Stalking was the name being tossed around. I think that's what the script was called at the time. Hope it doesn't stick though; I don't like it.

As for the cast of this 3rd installment... Karl Urban returns in his role as Vaako; and of special note, Bokeem Woodbine and R&B singer Keri Hilson will co-star. Woodbine will play a bounty hunter named Moss; no word on Hilson's role.

Dave Bautista (The Scorpion King 3), Conrad Pla (Immortals) Raoul Trujillo (Apocalypto), Jordi Molla (Colombiana), Matt Nable (Killer Elite) and Katee Sackhoff (TV's Battlestar Galactica) round out the cast.

David Twohy who wrote and directed the first 2 Riddick films will direct this as well.

I thought the first film in the series, Pitch Black, was actually cool. The second however was a bit of bloated mess IMHO.

Their individual budgets contribute to the tale: Pitch Black was made for $23 million; the second was budgeted at $105 million! Some times, a larger budget (in this case a significantly larger budget) is exactly just that, and does not a better movie make.

Not sure what the budget for #3 is.

The film will be released by Universal Pictures likely next year.

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  • Tamara | February 3, 2012 4:36 PMReply

    Bokeem!!! Keri ain't no actress!!! ...is she?... I hope this third installment is GREAT. "Pitch Black" was superb. "Chronicles..." got lost somewhere in the melee of bigger-budget-so-more-effects-and-an-all-star*-cast. I still watch it from time to time, though because *sigh* because of what could have been. Insinuating romance (Riddick and "Jack") ruined it for me. Crematoria or whatever, as a planet, all a cool idea, but yeesh...there should have been a better reason to risk sun-burn of the 1000th degree to visit there. But ay, bring back the Necromangers* and Dame Vaako (Lady MacBeth) or someone like her (Keri, I guess) along with Vaako (Karl Urban...yes!). This was a great tale, a new kind of 'saga' and I loved it.

  • Donella | February 3, 2012 2:22 PMReply

    Agree. Pitch Black was a lean mean alien movie and still stands up. Chronicles of Riddick was more of a gigantic Dune-like extravaganza and not as good. Glad to see Twohy and Diesel returning to the original formula.

  • Arch | February 3, 2012 1:40 PMReply

    Pitch Black was awesome, the second movie was...eh. Hoping this one is closer to the first so we'll see.

  • Duncan Manutz | February 3, 2012 1:16 PMReply

    Once again, another Black Actress out of work because of a R&B Singer...does anyone care ? Will anyone speak out about this ?

  • Rasheed | February 3, 2012 7:22 PM

    Hilson's casting, like Rhianna's in Battleship, just speaks to Hollywood's lack of respect for the Black actor. They have no interest in the craft when it comes to Black talent. Look at that cast list. How many rock or pop or country singers do you see? Exactly. They just look at a Black personality's popularity and think that will translate to "butts in the seats". It's a cynical formula that's about 15 years out of date, when it was new to see a rapper or singer in a movie, back before social media and entertainment news saturated the public with constant info about this rapper or that singer.

  • Jug | February 3, 2012 1:30 PM

    Nope. But like I said before Black actors are the ones told by other Black Actors (insert Rappers & Singers) to "stop bitchin' & get yours". And to top it off, it's a Latin Actress out of work, because the cast was supposed to be all Latin except for Diesel.

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