Pop/R&B singer Rihanna will join Alexander Skarsgard and Taylor Kitsch in Universal’s Battleship according to Variety.
No word on who Rihanna will be playing, although it doesn’t really matter. Director Peter Berg hasn’t cast her because she suits a particular role. Rihanna was likely hired for marketing purposes.
The movie is based on Hasbro’s naval combat board game, however as two hours of sea vessels firing at each other wouldn’t be that interesting they have added an alien invasion element to the story. In the script an international fleet joins together to battle a water-bound armada of alien invaders. Skarsgard will play Kitsch’s brother, a straight and narrow naval officer whom Kitsch, a wildly spirited naval officer, idolizes.
The release date is currently set for June 18, 2012, with filming set to begin in August in Hawaii.