Katee Sackhoff Returns to Outer Space For 'Riddick' Sequel

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Katee Sackhoff is on the hunt for Vin Diesel.

The "Battlestar Galactica" alum is set to return to her sci-fi roots as she's signed on for the untitled "Chronicles of Riddick" sequel, according to Deadline.

Sackhoff will play the role of Dahl, a Nordic mercenary (or "merc," as they're called in the Riddick-verse) who's tracking down everyone's favorite ex-con with the super-sensitive eyesight. She's the first cast member to officially join Vin Diesel in the sci-fi adventure, which recently resumed production in Montreal after a brief hiatus brought on by financing issues.

The untitled sequel follows "Pitch Black" (2000), a not-bad variation on "Aliens" that features Richard B. Riddick (Diesel) teaming up with his fellow crash survivors (including Radha Mitchell and Keith David) to take on a bunch of nasty light-sensitive creatures on a desolate desert planet; and "The Chronicles of Riddick" (2004), the overproduced second chapter that unfortunately traded the modest (and effective) intimacy of its predecessor for a sprawling, confusing mythology and ended up being a trying-too-hard attempt at starting an uber-franchise.

Katee Sackhoff is best known for her portrayal of Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace on the revisionist "Battlestar Galactica" TV series that ran from 2003 through 2009. She also played a role on the last season of "24" and has provided voice work for "Robot Chicken," "The Super Hero Squad Show" (as She-Hulk) and the recently released "Batman: Year One" (as Detective Sarah Essen). In the movie world, she'll soon be seen in "The Haunting in Georgia" and "Sexy Evil Genius," which are both currently in post-production.

Well, if anyone could kick Vin Diesel's ass, it's Starbuck. Stay tuned for more details on the third "Riddick" movie, which looks like it's indeed actually happening.

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