The actor took to his official Facebook page to unveil the first look at his returning anti-hero Riddick.
Diesel debuted as Riddick in the low-budget 2000 space horror Pitch Black before starring in sequel The Chronicles of Riddick in 2004.
David Twohy, who directed both the sci-fi films, will return to helm the untitled third instalment.
Karl Urban will reprise his role as Vaako in the sequel, with Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff playing Nordic mercenary Dahl. Broadway star Nolan Funk and Jordi Molla round out the supporting cast.
The film is expected to hit cinemas in 2013.
Watch the trailer for Pitch Black below: