Columbia Pictures has signed The Dark Knight co-star Aaron Eckhart to star in their big budget science-fiction/action picture Battle: Los Angeles. Eckhart will play the leader of a platoon of Marines battling an alien invasion in downtown LA.
Director Jonathan Liebesman describes the film as “Independence Day meets Black Hawk Down,” which certainly sounds intriguing. It has been a long time since we’ve seen a hardcore, grunt’s-eye point-of-view, science-fiction war film like Aliens or Starship Troopers. However, Liebesman is the director of Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning and Darkness Falls, so there is cause to be only cautiously optimistic about this film.
Also, while I like Eckhart as an actor, he does have a mixed track record when it comes to picking projects. For every Dark Knight or Thank You For Smoking on his resume, there’s a The Core or No Reservations. Plus there’s that whole separated-at-birth thing he has going with Scott Bakula which sort of freaks me out at times.
Via The Hollywood Reporter.