There’s a lot of sequel casting and development to report today, and so after the break you’ll find:

  • Michelle Rodriguez will return for Machete Kills and Fast and Furious 6
  • Vin Diesel is teasing further Riddick sequel news
  • Steve Coogan is cast in Despicable Me 2
  • Eddie Izzard suggests there could be more Treasure Island in his future
  • Eva Green talks about her role in the 300 prequel
  • Wrong Turn 5 begins shooting

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We’ve got some quick hits on the sci-fi action-adventure sequel front today, including:

  • Bruce Boxleitner’s prediction on when TRON 3 will get going
  • Vin Diesel’s snapshots from the Riddick set
  • Sony’s just announced release date for the Robocop remake

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Full Cast and Plot Revealed for ‘Riddick’

It’s been a long eight years for fans of David Twohy and Vin Diesel‘s Riddick saga, but after numerous stops and starts, the third installment is coming together at last. Universal Studios has issued a press release announcing the start of principal photography in Montreal on the new sci-fi thriller, a follow-up to 2000′s Pitch Black and 2004′s The Chronicles of Riddick — and in the process, offered up some new crumbs of information about the film’s plotline and casting. Read more after the jump.

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First Look: Vin Diesel in New ‘Riddick’ Sequel

Whether or not you’re a fan of Vin Diesel and David Twohy‘s films featuring the character Riddick (Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick), I think you have to admire the fact that, after years of being determined to make a third film featuring Diesel’s character, the duo is finally getting the movie made. Their fuel seems to be nothing short of pure willpower.

It hasn’t been easy — the project has been dismissed from the beginning, and thanks to its indie status has had some money trouble that caused the production to be put on hold late last year as it geared up to shoot. But the production is up and running once more, and Diesel has offered up the first look at his third turn as Riddick. Read More »

It took years for Vin Diesel and David Twohy to finally get their third Riddick movie off the ground, and even once production began, the project ran into further troubles and was forced to go on a two-month hiatus while it paid off its debts. But production is back in full swing at the Montreal set now, and things are looking up, at least on the casting front.

According to new reports, Colombiana actor Jordi Mollà has entered negotiations to play the head villain, while Battlestar Galactica star Katee Sackhoff, who was offered a part back in the fall, is now in final talks to board the untitled picture. More details after the jump.

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Nothing is coming easy to Vin Diesel and David Twohy when it comes to making another Riddick movie. After years of development and teases, the star and writer/director finally began production on the sequel to Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick a few months ago but had to stop in the middle of shooting because they ran out of money. A new report says that problem has been solved, however. More money has been raised and filming will resume after Christmas. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Louis Leterrier‘s magician heist movie Now You See Me keeps getting better. The movie features a story about a group of illusionists who rob banks during their performances, and then give at least some of the proceeds out to the audience, even as the FBI is hot on their tail.

The cast already includes Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Melanie Laurent, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco, and now Michael Caine has signed on to play Arthur Tressler, the sponsor of the illusionists. The film will be released on January 18, 2013, and unless we see a trailer that looks simply horrible, Now You See Me will be high on our list of anticipated popcorn movies until that date arrives. [Moviehole]

After the break, Olivia Wilde and Steve Buscemi join the cast of another magician film, Burt Wonderstone, while Vin Diesel and David Twohy continue to try and perfect the magic trick of getting a third Riddick film made. Read More »

Real Steel 2, Resident Evil: Retribution, and Riddick are in completely different stages of development at this point, but they all have one thing in common: Everyone wants to return for them. (Well, that and the fact that they all start with the letter R.) After the jump, read about the following:

  • Shawn Levy and Hugh Jackman are confirmed for Real Steel 2 — a week and a half before Real Steel 1 has even hit theaters.
  • Michelle Rodriguez becomes the latest former Resident Evil star to board the upcoming fifth installment.
  • Karl Urban agrees to reprise his role for the long-gestating Riddick.

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