While bathing in the success of The Dark Knight, Two-Face actor Aaron Eckhart was signed on to star as the lead in Battle: Los Angeles, a science-fiction war film to be directed by Jonathan Liebesman (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, The Killing Room).
That was back in November of last year and in recent weeks we’ve seen some heavy movement on the project with some casting announcements made at the end of July, including the additions of Michelle Rodriguez (Avatar) and Michael Pena.
Today we have news of a new pair of additions to the Battle: LA cast as well as some hints from the star of the interesting project, Eckhart, as to what style of movie we can expect to see.
Joining the Fight
Joining the cast as fellow members of the anti-Alien military are Ramon Rodriguez and R&B singer–songwriter/record producer/actor, Ne-Yo.
Rodriguez you’ll recognize from his role as the annoyingly useless character in this year’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen where he played Shia LaBeouf’s over-the-top roommate.
According to Collider, Rodriguez is set to play a member of Aaron Eckhart’s platoon and Ne-Yo will play a Corporal in the Army.
As for the production status for Battle: Los Angeles, filming has just begun with its scheduled start of principal photography commencing today.
Eckhart spoke with a group of reporters earlier this week in Beverly Hills, California to promote his upcoming film, Love Happens, and spoke a bit about Battle: Los Angeles, praising those involved and setting some high hopes with his comparisons.
“We’ve got a great shooter [Lukas Ettlin], and he’s going to do it like Black Hawk Down meets Alien. So it’s going to be real marine stuff. He’s going to film it in a very documentary style.”
Very documentary style? Somebody’s seen District 9! At least they’re keeping with the script comparisons we reported on last April which described the film as a mixture of Aliens, War of the Worlds, Black Hawk Down, Signs and Cloverfield.
Michelle Rodriguez is typecasted as a Bad-Ass… because she is
How will Eckhart and his platoon of actors pull of the realism of war for a film that’s aiming to be gritty and realistic? Well, director Liebesman forced them into boot camp to prepare for the role and action sequences.
“We have been in boot camp for three weeks. We’ve trained hard for it. I’m coming dead right off boot camp into it. The director, Jonathan Liebesman, is great. We know our stuff.”
Eckhart then went on to sell the film, demonstrating his confidence in the project.
“It’s going to be no ordinary aliens movie, I guarantee you that… It’s going to be outrageous. This movie’s going to be so great. I go out on a limb in saying that.”
Aliens attacking Earth in a doc-style realistic fashion – sounds like a possible premise for District 10 should they choose to go ahead with a sequel for Neill Blomkamp’s sleeper hit of the summer.
If you’re unclear of what the movie is about, here’s a brief synopsis
“[Battle: Los Angeles] revolves around a Marine staff sergeant (Eckhart) and his new platoon’s battle against an alien invasion on the streets of Los Angeles.”
I’m excited at this project and I hope it’s a quality film – the idea sounds entertaining and the cast is solid. I do wonder though on what the aliens will look like and what weapons they’ll use against us – will that aspect make sense in terms of their technological superiority?
What do you think of this news?
Battle: Los Angeles is set to open February 18, 2011
Sources: Collider, SCI FI Wire