I have to admit that I have not been all that interested in Peter Berg’s upcoming film Battleship. I could never figure out logically why a story about the navy defending the planet from attacking aliens would need to be touted as an adaptation of an old board game that never had attacking aliens.
However, today’s casting of Liam Neeson in the film as an admiral has made me sit up and think about the film a little differently. Could there be something a bit more to the script initially written by Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber, and rewritten by Brian Koppelman and David Levien? Certainly the casting of Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Rhianna and and model Brooklyn Decker didn’t really make me think that there was anything to but a quickly produced, mindless summer action pic.
Neeson’s character, Admiral Shane, will be the father of Decker’s character, who is engaged to a naval officer played by Kitsch. Skarsgard plays Kitsch’s older brother, while Rhianna’s a naval weapons analyst is the odd woman out and not seemingly related to the other characters.
Filming began on Battleship began today in Hawaii, but the film won’t be in theaters until May 2012.