Vin Diesel returns as anti-hero Riddick in the third instalment of the franchise, following the low-budget 2000 space horror Pitch Black and its 2004 sequel The Chronicles of Riddick.
Diesel released the new image of himself in character via his Facebook page.
The third film finds Riddick having been left for dead on a desert planet full of potential predators.
Karl Urban will reprise his role as Vaako from The Chronicles of Riddick, with Katee Sackhoff and Matt Nable also joining the cast.
Diesel has hinted at the possibility of two more sequels following this instalment.
The Chronicles of Riddick: Dead Man Stalking is due for release in 2013.