Ne-Yo To Fight Aliens In 'Battle: Los Angeles'

R&B singer will star alongside Aaron Eckhart in the 2011 sci-fi flick.

When it comes to his film career, [artist id="2002414"]Ne-Yo[/artist] has stayed largely on familiar ground, taking on parts in the music- and dance-focused films "Stomp the Yard" and "Save the Last Dance 2." The R&B singer's newest movie role, though, will thrust him into territory he's never encountered before.

But then, nobody else has either. Ne-Yo has joined the cast of "Battle: Los Angeles," a sci-fi action film about a platoon of Marines fighting off a swarm of invading aliens, according to

target="_blank">The Hollywood Reporter.

"We are doing our best to do something that hasn't been done before," director Jonathan Liebesman, a veteran of horror flicks like "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning," told MTV News in March. "This is like ['Bourne Supremacy' director] Paul Greengrass got a camera, saw some aliens and shot it from the point of view of a platoon. It's literally like 'Black Hawk Down,' if there were aliens in there. Like Iraq war footage, but with aliens running around."

Ne-Yo is set to play a corporal in the film that stars Aaron Eckhart as the leader of a platoon struggling to fight against the aliens on the streets of L.A. Michelle Rodriguez portrays another corporal, and Bridget Moynahan will play a veterinarian. "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" star Ramon Rodriguez has also joined the cast as a platoon member.

Shooting is expected to begin this week in Shreveport, Louisiana, with a tentative release date in early 2011.

In addition to acting in "Battle," Ne-Yo recently signed on to another big-screen project: He'll be writing and singing the closing track for the animated Disney film "The Princess and the Frog," due out later this year.

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