This is a “Battleship” that isn’t going to be sunk. The cast of director Peter Berg’s Hasbro board-game adaptation is far from complete, but it just grew a little bit larger.
Alexander Skarsgård is the latest confirmed cast member, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog.
The “True Blood” star joins previously announced leads Taylor Kitsch and Tadanobu Asano. He will play the brother of Kitsch’s character, a “straight and narrow naval officer” who is idolized by his “wildly spirited” sibling.
“Battleship,” a summer 2012 release, is still shrouded in secrecy. All that is known of the waterborne warfare story is that it pits a multinational fleet of Earth’s fighting ships against an “armada of otherworldly origin.” The script comes from Erich and Jon Hoeber, who wrote the 1998 screenplay for “Montana” and, more recently, the 2009 comic book adaptation “Whiteout.”
Skarsgård has been acting since the ’80s — he even played one of the male models who blows up at the beginning of “Zoolander” — but he’s only recently gained major traction with American audiences, following his work on HBO’s “Generation Kill” miniseries and, more notably, the cable network’s Alan Ball vampire series “True Blood.”
Skarsgård has a starring role in Rod Lurie’s upcoming “Straw Dogs” remake and another in Lars Von Trier’s “Antichrist” follow-up, “Melancholia,” which also features Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland and Alexander’s actor dad, Stellan.
Kitsch is one of Hollywood’s young up-and-comers. The “Friday Night Lights” star has only recently been reaching for higher-profile film roles, including 2006 fantasy thriller “The Covenant” and 2009 comic book movie “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” Between “Battleship” and the title role in Disney’s long-in-development literary adaptation “John Carter of Mars,” 2012 should be a big year for the actor.
Asano isn’t as well-known to mainstream American audiences, but he’s got plenty of cred on the cult and indie circuits, with starring roles in “Mongol,” “Zatoichi” and Takashi Miike’s “Ichi the Killer.”
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