Riddick 3 Begins Casting; More Details on Characters & Story Revealed

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:27 pm,

Riddick 3 Production Start Riddick 3 Begins Casting; More Details on Characters & Story Revealed

A live action follow-up to Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick is something fans have been waiting years for. Pitch Black helped launch star Vin Diesel’s career and it spawned a big budget sequel which didn’t meet critical or financial success the studio hoped for. Since then however, writer/director David Twohy and Vin Diesel have taken it upon themselves to find a way to make Riddick 3 happen, one that would return the franchise to its simpler, harsher roots and wrap-up the story of Riddick.

The last update we heard on the project, currently titled Chronicles of Riddick: Dead Man Stalking, came from Diesel himself who explained that principal shooting on Riddick 3 could begin as early as the summer, but with summer coming to an end and them finalizing the financial side of things, it has’t happened just yet. Yesterday’s news however, sheds more positive light on Riddick, as the latest inside information hints that casting is already underway.

Moviehole has the exclusive that Anne McCarthy, casting director for the last two Riddick films and Insidious, is testing actors for key supporting roles and they know what four of these roles are: “Boss Johns,” “Santana,” “the sexy female merc Dahl” and “The smug commander Krone.”

From their description of the plot, the Riddick 3 script review story points we wrote about a year ago are spot on and the movie will definitely continue the story of The Chronicles of Riddick, acting as a direct sequel to it and Pitch Black, beginning with the title character now holding the title of the seventh Lord Marshal, leader of the Necromongers. Riddick 3 will rightfully earn itself an R-Rating and will follow Diesel’s personal favorite film character stuck on another barren planet, attempting to survive against three-legged bisons (“trisons”), mud demons and jetcycle-riding bounty hunters.

Moviehole offers more details on the story, explaining that it begins with Riddick surrounded by monsters on the planet and uses flashbacks to show the audience how he ended up there. As we heard last year, Vaako (Karl Urban) plays a small part in the film and helps Riddick – who’s hated by the Necromongers – return to his home planet of Furya. Things of course, do not go according to plan, and Diesel ends up abandoned on this other planet with bounty hunters picking up on his distress call. It is there, among the teams of bounty hunters looking for Riddick, that there contains a key story link back to the original Pitch Black, allowing the trilogy to go full circle much like with what we’re seeing in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises.

If you wish to enter spoiler territory and learn more about the character of Boss Johns and Riddick’s past, head over to Moviehole (hint: remember the character of William J. Johns (Cole Hauser) from the original Pitch Black?).

Stay tuned for more on Chronicles of Riddick: Dead Man Stalking as we should soon hear more official news on the film and its schedule.

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Source: Moviehole

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  1. Good to hear they are pushing for a horror/action themed story unlike the chronicles of riddick…

  2. This pleases me. Much.

    CoR (the director’s cut at least) is massively underrated.

    • Agreed. Can’t wait for this.

    • You nailed it, James. I actually dug Chronicles of Riddick a LOT!

  3. I like Chronicles of Riddick as an adventure/action film. But doesn’t follow PITCH BLACK’S style as a survival/horror/action film

  4. The story seems great and I am amazed how the director continues the story despite Chronicles Of Riddick being awful.

    I think Pitch Black was a great scary action movie.

    I hope Riddick 3 will be like the original with a mixed of thriller, horror and action.

  5. i want Rhona Mitra to play “the sexy female merc Dahl”. and this plot sounds… promising, i guess. stupid to just completely overwrite him being a leader of an army. i mean, what the hell could’ve possibly happened that it just didn’t work out? lol

    • Like it says in the article (did you read it?), the Necromongers hated Riddick. You can figure it out yourself, that he was probably facing constant challenges to his right to rule, and he probably gets tired of constantly being challenged and fighting duels.

    • Knowing the character of Riddick, he wouldn’t want to rule anything. The Necromongers wanted law and order (THEIR law and order) and Riddick is an anarchist, rejecting law and order at any turn. Urban’s character, like the article said, will try to help him get back to Furya but something happens and the ship goes down. I expect Urban’s character either dies or will not be on the transport, maybe left to rule; some bounty hunter probably attacks the ship and that’s why it goes down.

  6. I loved CoR, I never understood all the hate. But then I’m pretty forgiving for a fantasy sci-fi flick. I mean, sure some of the acting was a little ham-handed (I’m looking at you, Thandie Newton) but overall I really liked it. /shrug

    I think I just like anything Vin Diesel is in, he’s such a great guy.

    • Hey, leave Thandie alone. I’m secretly married to her and that makes me the only one who can look at her.

      Anyway, all I have to say is “About damn time!” I loved both movies and Pitch Black is one of my all time favorite Sci-Fi flicks.

      “Here you are, all back of the bus and thangs.” My fav line from COR

  7. Best news ever . Riddick is my favorite character .

  8. I loved Pitch Black and I loved Chronicles of Riddick despite nobody agreeing with me. Honestly, not a single one of my friends thought it was decent and they all judge me for loving it. But I argue that I like the character, I like Diesel as the character, and the whole story. Of course the amazing videogame prequel helped a whole lot. :)

    I’m very glad to see moves are finally being made getting this into production. I know I will most definitely be there opening night! I just hope this one fares better than CoR, at least in the Box Office (I have a feeling it’ll be critically panned).

  9. sweeet

  10. This is great news. I highly enjoyed both the movies and the animation. Riddick is a great character, I can not wait to see him beck in action.

  11. About time! Loved both movies, and I agree, CoR was really underrated.

  12. Better and better news all the time. Now they need to get the right cast to help make this movie better than the other two.

  13. One thing I would like is for Diesel to work out more for this. He looked a bit flabby in the last F&F movie. Hopefully he can get The Rock to help him out. :-)