LOS ANGELES — With the third season of “True Blood” wrapping up in the next few weeks (the season finale airs September 12 on HBO), Alexander Skarsgård fans will have to resign themselves to the fact that the striking Swede will not return to TV screens until 2011. The good news, however, is that due to his standout performances on the show, Hollywood has taken notice and signed him up for several upcoming projects.
One that we’ve been keeping close tabs on here at MTV News is “Battleship,” based on Hasbro’s beloved board game. The nostalgia factor alone is enough to make us want to see this film, but the cast — including Skarsgård, “Friday Night Lights” breakout Taylor Kitsch, Rihanna and supermodel Brooklyn Decker — is eye-candy icing on the cake.
When we caught up with Skarsgård at HBO’s Emmy afterparty on Sunday, we asked him what he thinks about being in a film based on a board game.
“I don’t really think about that very much. It’s quite different from the board game, obviously,” he said with a smile. “Pete is a great guy — the director, Peter Berg — and I’m just excited to start it, I really am.” Skarsgård added that he flies to Hawaii this week to begin production.
Asked whether the film will feature any gratuitous shots of him and his co-stars running around battleships, looking pretty with big guns, Skarsgård was unsure. “I play a commander of one of the destroyers in the Navy, so, that’s a big gun,” he offered.
The topic of big guns brought up the current 3-D trend — will fans get their first three-dimensional look at Skarsgård in the flick? “No,” he said. “I don’t think so.”
“Battleship” is set for release May 25, 2012.
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