Rihanna Onboard For ‘Battleship’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 6:11 pm,

Don’t stop the music now (sorry, couldn’t resist) but pop/R&B star recording artist Rihanna will attempt to make that ever-so-difficult jump into the world of film acting in Universal’s Battleship movie adaptation.

Hancock director Peter Berg will be at the helm of Battleship (eek, more bad puns), which will also star True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgård, Taylor Kitsch (aka Gambit from Wolverine) and possibly comedian Tom Arnold.

Battleship is being scripted by Erich and Jon Hoeber (Red) and will be “a massive Naval adventure across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force.” I personally would have expected the plot to bear a stronger resemblance to that of Crimson Tide rather than War of the Worlds – go figure, I suppose.

Rihanna will certainly not be the first (or the last) musical talent to try and crossover into the world of cinema.  So long as her debut performance is more than just a cut above that of Mariah Carey’s much-ridiculed turn in Glitter, the results should hopefully not be too painful to witness.

Memories of Sting in another sci-fi film – David Lynch’s warped 1984 adaptation of Dune - keep coming to mind.  I would not recommend Rihanna follow his lead (see below).

Sting in David Lynchs Dune Rihanna Onboard For Battleship

Berg often makes extensive use of handheld cameras and gritty cinematography in his films – even big-budget projects like Hancock.  Submarine pics like Wolfgang Petersen’s classic, Das Boot or Kathryn Bigelow’s K-19: The Widowmaker did a nice job of conveying the dirty, claustrophobic nature of life at sea.  We shall have to wait and see whether Berg can bring anything new to the table.

Between Battleship and Tim Burton’s Monsterpocalypse movie, I would have to choose the latter as the upcoming, action-packed board game movie adaptation that I am most looking forward to.  Not that there are many to choose from, but still… icon wink Rihanna Onboard For Battleship

Battleship is tentatively scheduled to set sail in theaters in the U.S. on May 25th, 2012.

Source: Variety (via /Film)

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  1. Lame. Oh so lame.

  2. are you kidding me, do they not have anything else to make, why in the heck are they making a movie from a board game. this is going to be the mose stupidest movie of all time. they could done something else more exiting gezzzz. and having rihanna as part of it. my god

    • Pirahna 3D is even worse than this movie. 3D PIRAHNAS OH NO!

  3. Another reason not to see this film…

    • A-men, let make a patition lol, joking

  4. For me, this is a reason to watch this film.

    • maybe because your what we call special, you would probably even say “they need to make a movie called UNO, this is a reason to watch this film.

  5. Come on Sandy, this whole piece was a paper-thin excuse to run a picture of Sting and his “weirding module”, just admit it! :-)

    • LOL!!! :) Big Dentist!

      • lol that was funny

  6. Sometimes you can fix bad acting with good editing. ( I said sometimes) with the exception of the Twi-”light” actors, Cage and Rogen being the exception.

    • or just dont make it

  7. Hey… Hey, is thing on crooked?

  8. Besides the title, “Battleship” has nothing to do with the board game…
    I’ve seen some of the concept art and bad casting, writing, and directing aside it looks pretty cool.

    Hold out on this I think its going to surprise a lot of folks.

    • So bad casting, writing, and directing are reasons to hold out for this? Dude are you being cheeky or serious?…sometimes I can’t tell..

  9. Let me put it this way, the graphics of the battleships and alien craft looked very well done and very massive.

    I don’t know enough about the script to really judge the film yet.

    The casting of this pop star seems real lame and I don’t like Berg’s work at all.

    So I don’t know, its got a little going for it at this point. ;-)

  10. “Ummmmm…B…6!”

    “Damn! You sunk my POP / R&B singer!”

  11. More like, “You sank my umbrella-ella-ella!”

  12. Another muscian who can’t act. Why not cast a real actress. Or maybe cast chris brown and have him slap her around and then throw her off the battleship. What a ending it would be.

  13. Taemo17?

    Even in jest, one should not advocate the “slapping around” of another person, especially not someone who has undergone that particular abuse.

    We don’t know her acting ability…it might even surprise us; witness the career of Mandy Moore, for instance.

    One thing not even an actor of Sir Laurence Olivier-caliber status can do, however: Make gold from garbage, which is what this movie idea is composed of.