[artist id="1940303"]Rihanna[/artist] will take her first step into Hollywood with a role in director Peter Berg’s science-fiction-tinged board-game adaptation, “Battleship.”
There’s no word on how her character factors into the story, but Variety confirms that the “Love the Way You Lie” singer is joining the cast that already includes Taylor Kitsch and Alexander Skarsgård , who play brothers and naval officers assigned to a multinational task force charged with repelling alien invaders. Also cast is Tadanobu Asano, who is perhaps best known for his leading roles in “Ichi the Killer” and Genghis Khan biopic “Mongol.”
Rihanna has yet to appear in a feature film, but she was the subject of a casting rumor in late 2008 that still persists. Wu-Tang member RZA told MTV News that he was co-producing a remake of martial arts classic “The Last Dragon” with Samuel L. Jackson , who is also set for a starring role. “That’s the one I’m rooting for,” RZA said at the time in reference to the potential Rihanna casting. “We’re keeping that same concept of the girl being in the music business,” he added, referring to one of the movie’s plot points.
The pop singer is currently at the top of the charts with her Eminem collaboration, “Love the Way You Lie,” and the track’s video, featuring Megan Fox and Dominic Monaghan, is expected to premiere this week.
Kitsch is no stranger to working with Peter Berg, with a leading role on the filmmaker’s popular TV series, “Friday Night Lights.” He’ll star with Malin Akerman and Ryan Phillippe later this year in “The Bang Bang Club,” and 2012 will see the release of his turn in “John Carter of Mars.” Skarsgård is best known for his role on the hit HBO vampire series “True Blood.” He’s got a number of films lined up, including a remake of “Straw Dogs” and Lars Von Trier’s “Antichrist” follow-up, “Melancholia.”
Universal has set “Battleship” for release on May 25, 2012.
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