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Battleship: Rihanna's Acting Debut!

Battleship: Rihanna's Acting Debut!

Rihanna has signed up to play the female lead in the upcoming action-adventure Battleship, in theaters May 2012.

The 22-year-old Barbadian singer will star alongside on-screen brothers Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights) and Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood).

The flick, which will be helmed by actor/director Peter Berg, is based on the adaptation of Hasbro’s naval combat board game.

Alex will play a straight and narrow naval officer while Taylor will be the wildly spirited naval officer who idolizes his brother. Battleship is to begin shooting on Aug. 30 in Hawaii.

Soooooooooo exciting!!!

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  • Tackyness

    It says a lot about this project when Alex Skarsgard is the “serious” actor in the whole cast. LOL.

  • Blahzae

    She is most likely being cast as the love interest for both actors.. similiar to another bad movie I can name ” Pearl Harbor” a Micheal Bay film in which the two male leads ( Josh Hartnett and Ben Affleck) both fall for the same woman ( Kate Beckinsale). Chances are that is what they going with the whole ” love triangle” ploy.. which I would say is happening because of the whole” Twilight love triangle craze” I would not be surprised if many upcoming films use that in the storyline.I am not saying it is a good thing.. but it will most likely happen.
    They are most likely also looking for some press for this bomber of a film ” Battleship” and casting her as their love interest will get attention good or bad…. some wont like it because they dont like her… some wont like it because of the racial issues many people still have in the world today…. so look at this way they just added a little controversy to the film and got you all to talk about it… including me as well which is the whole name of the game. Press. :)

  • Fishy

    Unfortunately this is one of those movies that may or not tank (not super hopeful, but we’ll see), and that will bring exposure to the actors and “actors” but not acting credibility. And it’s not meant to, either.

    Is casting Rhianna a good thing? Maybe, maybe not (certainly not over her “acting” talent). But certainly, it will get people talking about it, she’s well known, more than the Taylor and ASkars, I’m afraid.

  • i n f a m o u s l y c o o l

    …nooooooooo! damn, there’s no way in hell i’ll be able to take her serious. hahahaahahahahahaha.. i’m going to laugh everytime i hear her speak. ahahahahahahahaaa.. oh well, hopefully she wont have many lines and she wont make alex (the film) look bad.

  • pump shoes

    i love armani sunglasses very much

  • Don’t_ Believe_The_Hype

    Why do people keep harping on AS’s previous roles where he PLAYED (ACTED, PRETENDED to be ) rapists? How many times has DeNiro played a gangster? Is he on the FBI’s most wanted list? STFU!!! Rihanna was only cast because she sells out stadiums. Is it fair that a legitimate actress didn’t get the role? NO. However, studios do not care about fairness they care about $$$$$$$. Her fans will come in droves.
    Regardless of what you may think of Rihanna, people buy her cd’s and go to her concerts. At least she’s a hard worker , not some entitled, trust fund sK*nk that decided she needed to be a celebutard.

  • Upper Cutts

    Most young singers cross over into acting and aren’t good at it. We just have to wait and see.

  • CuteChef

    Rihanna? Really? In the famous words of the board game…

    “You just sank my Battleship!!”

    This movie will tank like Samantha Mumba did in The Time Machine. Like Britney in Crossroads. Like Fergie in Nine (which blows giving her Kids Inc. past). Alanis in Dogma. Dukes of Hazzard with Jessica Simpson. Shall I go on? Seems the only music stars that were EVER big enough to pull off acting were Cher (Mermaids), Madonna (Evita, Desperately Seeking Susan, A League of Their Own) ..and even now they’re both iffy.

  • Weird

    This movie will suck!! Sorry but at least ASkars can act a little but this is horrible news. She cannot sing or act. Remember the cheerleading movie…that was her acting debut!! HAHAHA!!! oh gosh…hollywood is really reaching…I mean come on, Peter Berg. He is just trying to be Jon Favreau with all the Iron Man success and it won’t work!!!

  • another day

    Somewhere, in the outerlands of Sweden on a LVT set, ASkars is stabbing himself in the arm with a fork at the thought of doing this movie now…

  • Vicks

    Ah please. I was so excited to see this movie, but now that she is in it, i’m not sure anymore.
    Can the singers just please stick to singing and leave the acting for the actors?!
    Terrible news..well at least Alex is gonna make up for it, and we’ll get to see him shirtless :)

  • status quo

    I’d really hate to say this but…..Battleship already sounds really corny. The needs a strong cast to really back it up. I’m just not sure Rihanna is it….Granted if Taylor Kitsch was in a movie about cabbage patch dolls, I’d see it anyway.

  • Becky

    Ugh…until she was cast I was still holding onto hope that this would be a good movie. But this casting decision does NOT look promising. I’ll still see it because of Alex and Taylor (and Peter Berg usually does good stuff) but if she’s the best “actress” they could find, this does not look like good news.

  • Jessica

    @CHRIS BROW: You SERIOUSLY need to learn to separate fiction from reality. Alex was playing fictional characters, it’s called ACTING. Do you also think that Morgan Freeman is Nelson Mandela?! Or that Julia Roberts is a prostitute?! Use your brain….

  • JM

    @ Another day


  • jam

    Yeah well, they locked up the “teens” with this move… Anyways, one actress bad or not, dont make a pile of crap…

  • rannick96

    Great another straight to video,(that no one will rent) movie…..
    Riri they got to be kidding !!!!!

  • Rachel

    @another day: And yet he’s also probably thinking “It will still do a hell of a lot better than Thor.” =) But yeah…poor Alex, the man is far too talented to be cast alongside a freakin’ pop star.

  • wowowow

    the problem is that rihanna has such a persona of being “rihanna”. crazy haircuts and wild outfits. i see her everyday in pap shots. i can’t look passed her stage/pap persona and see her as a character. she is always rihanna. she is too overexposed as herself. same with other actors like lindsay lohan. i know too much about their personal life and therefore can’t disassociate that from the character they are supposed to play.

  • crap

    Shit that girl is so going to screw this movie….

  • bajan


  • Emily

    i hope its just a small role because actors deserve acting spots….but YUM taylor kitsch!!!

  • Don’t_ Believe_The_Hype

    At least she won’t be worst than some “actresses”. It took a special kind of stank to screw up a well revered and iconic franchise like Superman..

  • Ania

    omg this movie is going to be so terrible. if i was an actor signed up for this project id pull out as fast as i could. didnt ashanti and christina milian also do some acting? how did those movies turn out. has anyone heard of either one of them since? bahaha this is gonna be interesting

  • evathediva

    I think they should scrap the whole thing and start over. I don’t like Rihanna as a singer either. Kaz and Slig you have got to be the most stoopid people ever,stop with the racist ish, at least spell it right. I doubt she is playing thelove interest, probably another soldier or officer.

  • http://JustJared irish

    @Don’t_ Believe_The_Hype:

    Be ready for the same actress to ruin As’s birthday by showing up in pics on 8/25/2010 UGH!!!!!

  • Buttercups

    Dear Alexander Skarsgard:
    You are doing it wrong.
    one of your on-off fans.

  • honestly…

    Bette Midler, Cher, Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah, Barbara Streisand, Vanessa Paradis…. Let’s hope Rihanna turns out to be like one of these chicks. *sigh* Poor ASkars. I’ll bet he’s not too happy with this news. He needs to go into hibernation and stick to the indie projects.

  • info

    here’s how it went down….interesting timing isn’t it?

    from imdb:
    Re: Pineapple Express

    by rien_poet 1 day ago (Sat Feb 7 2009 23:24:33)
    Ignore this User | Report Abuse

    UPDATED Sun Feb 8 2009 00:46:32

    Ah nee. I think men are still kind of interesting for me .
    I’d like to come back as mosquito, so I could fly to London, walking down on his skin freely, investigating every single inch of it…or sitting at the wall, listen to his conversation…and when he was not alone, I’d land on his partner’s skin, and I’d make sure that she would never forget the night she crossed over my territory…

    And if I’d die from his hand, at least I tasted his blood already. So I carried something from him with me, to eternity…(this is the result of drinking pina colada too early…)

    I’ll keep eye on the film, and on you Dolli. So I make sure that I get the real Jude, or Minx…

    “A dream is an answer to a question we haven’t yet learned how to ask.” Fox Mulder

  • smack the fly aka rien


  • lights match

    was this the text you supposedly read?

  • inside information

    i’m against violence but maybe you should reconsider the mind control element. and who is really at fault here.

    im also against witchcraft and bitchcraft

  • what is going on?

    the metaphor certainly fits the situation. doesn’t it?. along with the suspicious timing. uncanny. isn’t it.

    i just realized the reason jayz signed you is because of your resemblance to beyonce.does he have that much control over you?

    why are you into sadism?
    what is wrong with you?
    or is it him?

    something is not right with all of this. i have a problem with your spiritual and political agenda. cuz it doesn’t seem to be on the good kind but rather the evil kind.

  • CuteChef

    Visit for to view the poll for Rihanna’s debut as an actress in Battleship. Currently rated at 29% positive, 71% negative.

    I don’t think many people are going to see this movie at all. Alex needs to stop with the “But it’ll be a Blockbuster!” mentality, and work on a project of substance.

    At least The Matrix was a Blockbuster full of substance :) Too bad Revelations and Reloaded sucked :P

  • Deedz

    This whole movie is bad idea. Never mind the Rihanna casting. I have nothing.

  • comment

    tsk tsk

    such an unfortunate alignment.

    i don’t like anyone that rien poet likes
    the bad composition is alexander skaarsgarrd peter berg louisisana and now riaanna name is similiar to rien poet who i hate. and then there is the night of the ‘attack’

    and this is for universal studios who also paired up with two other actors for two other films which i am not pleased about

    all around bad luck bad news bad choices
    abusive choices if you ask me

    some heads at universal studios need to roll.

    it looks almost suspicious to me
    must be because it IS suspicious.

  • Yup

    In all this I feel bad for Taylor!!!!

  • ?

    why are non americans influencing our politics. can someone explain that to me?

    maybe american actors refuse to work with universal…maybe their policies suck.

    who owns universal studios? are they american?
    what’s going on here?

  • In that case….

    @another day: ASkars will need tow knives, one for each rm…one for the casting in this movie and the other for KBOS!!!!! Poor guy…

  • burnt bacon

    This movie is becoming a bigger joke by the minute. When will the dancing pastel poodles be showing up?

  • In that case….

    @In that case….: bad typos… Correction: Askars will need two forks, one for each arm, one for the casting of Ri Ri and the other for KBOS…Poor guy!!!! (sigh)

  • Will ASkars rape Rihanna?

    That would make 4.

  • Clue

    @Will ASkars rape Rihanna?:

    What a nasty immature A$$ you are.

  • Jenell

    This shit is gonna be so embarrassingly funny…

  • eva

    @Will ASkars rape Rihanna?: Is your headline even necessary? Stoopid azz

  • BeautifulDirtyRich

    Rihanna? Oh jeez., if she’s never acted before why put her in a movie like this? It must be crap if they need her to draw attention?

    I am excited (well semi-excited…) to see Alexander Skarsgard.
    I would never consider watching this movie if he wasn’t in it.

  • Vanessa

    Haha they put True Blood in brackets.

    That’s all this douche is known for, playing a bi-sexual vampire.
    Get this bitch off our big screens.
    His bulbous face needs to stay on cable tv.

  • JM

    I predict several Razzie awards in this film’s future.

  • Amanda

    @Will ASkars rape Rihanna?: There’s a special place in hell for people like you, that trivialize rape and throw the word around like it’s a joke. I’ve worked for the RAINN network for four years. You make me sick!

  • maela

    maybe we will see rihanna and skarsgard…that would be something=)))