Courtesy of his hugely popular Facebook account, Vin Diesel has unveiled this new image of himself as the titular anti-hero, Richard B. Riddick, in the sci-fi thriller ’Riddick.’ The film, written and directed by David Twohy (The Chronicles of Riddick, A Perfect Getaway), also stars Katee Sackoff, Jordi Molla, Karl Urban, Matt Nable, Bokeem Woodbine, Conrad Pla, Raoul Trujillo, Dave Bautista, Keri Hilson and Nolan Funk. Alongside the image, Vin Diesel shared his thoughts on seeing the first cut of the film, “You know I like to let you in on things, even before Hollywood knows…Haha… Last night I was invited in to the editing room, to see the first cut of the new Riddick… WOW!!! P.s. I was so affected/excited… I couldn’t sleep. GRRRR!!!” Expect to see ‘Riddick’ early 2013.

The latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000′s hit sci-fi film Pitch Black and 2004′s The Chronicles of Riddick reunites writer/director David Twohy (A Perfect Getaway, The Fugitive) and star Vin Diesel (the Fast and Furious franchise, xXx). 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.