New Character and Plot Details Emerge as Riddick 3 Casting Begins
08.11.11 by BJSprecher
So far, just about everything we know about the sequel to The Chronicles of Riddick has come from the series star himself, Vin Diesel, who has been using his personal Facebook page to update his 26.9 million followers about the movie. Diesel has commented many times about his desire to see the movie get an R-rating like the first movie in the franchise, Pitch Black, and recently posted online a piece of Riddick 3 (formerly The Chronicles of Riddick: Dead Man Stalking) concept art sent to him by writer-director David Twohy.
Diesel has also said that the movie would begin shooting this summer. Given the movie's budget — Diesel would have to work for scale — and rating issues, this seemed overly optimistic, but now we have our first indication that Diesel might have been right on target with that estimation. According to MovieHole, casting director Anne McCarthy has been "bringing in actors to test for the supporting roles." MovieHole also offered a few details about the roles that are being tested for and even included some possible plot details.
According to MovieHole, these are the supporting roles that McCarthy is testing for right now:
• Boss Johns — Father of William J. Johns (Cole Hauser), who died in Pitch Black
• Santana — Boss Johns' Machete-wielding enforcer
• Dahl — "Sexy female merc"
• Krone — "Smug commander"
The MovieHole article also included an excerpt from a scene involving Boss Johns, Santana, and Riddick, but because of the spoiler potential if it turns out to be legit, we won't include it here. However, if you're itching to know more and don't mind having a (possible) scene from the movie spoiled, you can check it out here. According to the writer of the article, the script contains "delicious" dialogue and characters that "are not only memorable, they're a blast." Riddick 3 will also supposedly be a "direct sequel to" Pitch Black, with only passing references to The Chronicles of Riddick, such as Riddick's royal title "Lord Marshal" and an appearance by his right-hand man, Vaako (played by Karl Urban in Chronicles).