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Newcomer Alexa Davalos has joined the cast of Universal Pictures' Chronicles of Riddick for writer-director David Twohy, Radar Pictures and One Race Prods. Production begins June 9 in Vancouver, with Vin Diesel, Judi Dench, Colm Feore, Thandie Newton and Karl Urban also starring. Riddick follows the adventures of intergalactic prisoner Riddick, a character introduced in the 2000 film Pitch Black. The second installment finds Riddick, now a hunted man, in the middle of two opposing forces in a major crusade. Davalos will play Kyra, a grown-up version of a character that appeared in Black who initially was thought to be a boy but turned out to be a girl. Nick Chinlund also has been added to the cast, playing a character named Toombs. Scott Kroopf, Tom Engelman and Diesel are producing the project. Ted Field, George Zakk and Peter McGregor Scott are executive producing. Universal president of production Scott Stuber, senior vp Donna Langley and director of development Jeffrey Kirschenbaum are overseeing. Davalos, repped by ICM and the Firm, next stars in HBO's And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself opposite Antonio Banderas for director Bruce Beresford.

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