Katee Sackhoff’s most famous foray into science fiction is obviously her stint a Kara “Starbuck” Thrace on Battlestar Galactica. That was a while back, but she’s diving headlong back into the genre fray with her upcoming role in Riddick. While hyping her new movie, The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (not making up that title), she was invariably asked about her various journeys into deep space.
You’ll definitely notice that the child, who is presumably in Haunting 2 (her name is Emily Alyn Lind), has zero interest in what Sackhoff is talking about. But she tries, bless her little heart, and that’s amusing to me.
Sackhoff calls it a “dream come true” to work with Diesel and Riddick director David Twohy, and says she’s a huge fan of the previous two films, Pitch Black and Chronicles of Riddick.
She was also the only female among a bunch of giant, beefy dudes—the cast also includes former professional wrestler Dave Bautista, Karl Urban, and Bokeem Woodbine, among others. Sounds like something of a boy’s club. You can imagine the set with a hand-scrawled “No Girls Allowed” sign.
Never one to take a back seat to anybody, Sackhoff seems like she can give as good as she gets. As she says, there were “power struggles where I had to put them in their place…I can be just as inappropriate as them, and they kind of realized that they weren’t going to outdo me.”
The plot of Riddick finds the notorious space outlaw (Diesel) stranded on a desolate planet, battling with the creatures that inhabit the bleak world. His only way off the rock is to signal the bounty hunters that are always on his trail—an infamous killer criminal like Riddick would bring quite the payday.
Sackhoff plays one of these mercenaries, Dahl, and describes her characters as “a Nordic bounty hunter, and she’s after Riddick.” While she doesn’t get into specifics, Sackhoff does say that her part has “quite a bit of gun shooting and running around.” Though simple, that’s a promising description indeed.