Vin Diesel Talks ‘Riddick’ Character Design, Plus New Art

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:30 pm,

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Most of our Vin Diesel coverage of late has been focused on the fifth Fast and Furious film, Fast Five. It would appear, however, that Vin Diesel doesn’t want us to only remember him as street racer Dominick Toretto:  the actor has recently taken to Facebook to let the world know that Riddick is still in the works and that he is actively talking about the film with director David Twohy (Pitch Black).

The last time we talked about Riddick – the third film in the popular sci-fi franchise – was all the way back in May when we reported that the movie was dropping the ridiculous title The Chronicles of Riddick: Dead Man Stalking. That decision meshed with a plot synopsis that focused squarely on Riddick being an epic alien badass that is forced to fight his way off of a desolate planet and secure revenge against his betrayers.

In his Facebook page update (coming our way thanks to Bloody Disgusting), Vin Diesel further discusses how Riddick will focus primarily on Riddick, explaining that Twohy wants him to go through three different “body looks” during the film. Specifically, Diesel says Twohy wants him to have “the DiNorscio type, the Dom type, and the lean Furyan type.”

If you were wondering, DiNorscio refers to Diesel’s role as Jackie DiNorscio in the gangster comedy film Find Me Guilty. Obviously, Dom refers to The Fast and the Furious franchise. Assuming that Diesel’s comments are on the level, and not merely an inside joke between him and Twohy, the three looks make sense given what we know about the film.

The official plot synopsis for the movie goes like this:

Betrayed by his own kind and left for dead on a desolate planet, Riddick (Diesel) fights for survival against alien predators and becomes more powerful and dangerous than ever before. Soon bounty hunters from throughout the galaxy descend on Riddick only to find themselves pawns in his greater scheme for revenge. With his enemies right where he wants them, Riddick unleashes a vicious attack of vengeance before returning to his home planet of Furya to save it from destruction.

If you’re forced to scrape and scrounge to survive on a mostly deserted planet, surely you’re going to become more lean. That explains one of the body type changes. As he becomes more powerful and dangerous, will he bulk up like Dom? I’m still not sure where the DiNorscio reference could fit in, but who really cares? The important thing is that Vin Diesel is going to kill a bunch of aliens in an R-rated explosion of violence.

Along with his comments about the three different body types, Diesel also shared a new piece of art for the movie (it’s unclear if it’s fan art or concept art) showing Riddick in all his Furyan glory. Check it below.


Source: Vin Diesel’s Facebook via Bloody Disgusting

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  1. Can’t wait, Riddick is wicked!

  2. Is this going to be a prequal then because his planet was destroyed and his people were put into near extinction. What about him along over the Necromongers?

    • “Being stranded by his own kind” might be reference to the Necromongers. It was clearly established in Riddick 2 that two Necros conspired against Lord Marshal, only to have Riddick defeat him (and, in essence, their plan to take over the army) so I wouldn’t rule out someone having a few sour notes about the situation.


      I’ve read an early review of the script, and it says that Riddick gets deserted by the Necros.

      I really hope a sequel gets made. I didn’t really enjoy PITCH BLACK, but CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK was epic. The one film where Diesel made me believe he can act.

  3. I like the Riddick movies, and I cant wait for this one but…how does this fit in is it a sequel, prequel, or what?

    • yeah dont get it either

  4. on i dont think its a prequel. i am a little confused also. man i cant wait for this movie.

  5. I know I will like this movie, no matter what…
    BUT, I still can’t help but wonder what a Pitch Black sequel could have been like. I mean a REAL Pitch black sequel. I found the planet they crashed on fascinating, and would have absolutely LOVED to have a return trip there. Not necessarily with Riddick.

    I can’t say I’m a great fan of Vin Diesel. I find his acting stiff, even for an “action movie star”. He was fine in Pitch Black, but he wasn’t really the “star” of that movie, was he. He was more of a foil, or a sort of “piece of scenery”.

    All that said, I HOPE they make kick-a$$ monsters for this film, like in Pitch Black! And I hope they use a mix of practical and CG for the effects.

    • Have to admit the first time I watched Pitch Black I thought it was cheesy, but with subsequent viewings I’ve come to enjoy it.


      • Pitch Black rocked. But this is Riddick 3? Did I miss the second one, or is Pitch Black part 1, Riddick part2 and this one 3 or what? I´m confused…

        • chronicles of riddick. is the sequel to pitch black this film is about how the necros betray him like they were going to do with the lord marshall but i dont get the whole save his planet thing. i just hope it has the scale of chronicles and the feel of pitch black. like Alien the film

          • I know. I thought they said in CoR that he was “the last of the Furions”.

            So what is there to go back to and “save”?

            • dont know doesnt make sense

              • I liked Pitch Black, but I hated CoR. Such a disappointment. I thought it was like Pitch Black, but it turned out to be just an average Sci-Fi movie.

      • hey vic, whats up with this new format on the site? it is hard to read things when the back ground gets brighter. and some of the highlighted words are completely invisible.

        • James,

          You must have an issue with your monitor settings because I can read everything just fine. I made sure that even on the lighter parts of gray their was still a lot of contrast because I’m very sensitive to readability issues.


  6. If you want to be a stickler for details he also did the animated short for the Riddick franchise called Dark Fury.

  7. his home world was not destroyed. vacco said it was a desolate planet with no life to speak of. the lord marshall killed furians almost to the brink of extinction. and i cant wait for this movie to come out. i love all things riddick. games and all. they may have little things here or there to gripe about but so does most. but all in all they are excellent.

    • Doesn’t Aereon (Dame Judy Dench) say at one point that Riddick is the last of the Furions?

  8. Not sure how this will mesh with the last one, him being the new leader of the Necromongers, but they’ve done enough with the first two to make me see it, regardless.

    If it’s Riddick, I’m there.

  9. Apart from the character it seems to have little relation to the previous two. Let’s hope it’s more Pitch Black than Chronicles…

  10. I am a big fan of the character Riddick. While the last movie was some what a disappointment, I still thought it was enjoyable because it gave you some of the history and background of the character.

    I can not wait for this film I hope it utilizes things from both films; more character development and better aliens.

  11. I thought CoR was a great sci-fi movie. Much like Star Wars Ep. 4, with one movie it managed to create a whole galaxy/story – with just a few “locations” a person’s mind could imagine what the rest of the planets were like, how life was on those planets, etc..