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After coming close to nabbing the coveted villain role in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek 2,” Spanish thesp Jordi Molla is taking his sinister sneer to another sci-fi franchise, as he’s in negotiations to play the villain opposite Vin Diesel in David Twohy’s “Riddick.”

Molla is in talks to play Santana, a mercenary who heads up an eight-man crew tasked with finding and killing Riddick.

Production on the second “Pitch Black” sequel recently resumed after a two-month hiatus while the producers finalized financing. 2004’s “The Chronicles of Riddick” grossed more than $115 million worldwide, indicating there’s still plenty of interest in another sequel, with this one being made for a price.

Molla most recently starred opposite Zoe Saldana as the villain in “Colombiana.” In addition to co-starring alongside Johnny Depp in “Blow,” Molla has also matched wits against two of the biggest movie stars in the world — Will Smith and Tom Cruise — as the villain in “Bad Boys II” and “Knight and Day.”

Molla is repped by Paradigm and Artists Independent Management.