Variety reports that the actor, who broke through in the U.S. in Ted Demme's "Blow" a decade ago, is in talks to play the villainous mercenary Santana in David Twohy's "Riddick," the writer-director's third film to feature the glowing-eyed space killer of the title, played by Vin Diesel, following "Pitch Black" and "The Chronicles of Riddick." Despite no one, bar Twohy and Diesel, seeming to want the film, they've been diligently pursuing the threequel, which will see Riddick fending off bounty hunters after being stranded on an alien planet, and attempting to save his homeland, and, after a wobble when pre-production was shut-down last fall, the film looks to finally be happening.
"Battlestar Galactica" alum Katee Sackoff was also cast yesterday, as the female lead, and shooting will get underway soon, possibly with Karl Urban, who played the villain in the dreadful last installment "The Chronicles of Riddick," returning as well. We can't say this is a film we've been counting down the days for, but the first "Pitch Black" was lean B-movie fun, and if Twohy can keep things closer to that than the overblown space opera of 'Chronicles,' this might be a decent time-passer. The film will likely hit theaters sometime in 2013.