It’s easy to see why Universal are choosing to add a dash of Michael Bay-esque military fetishism to their board-game movie Battleship and the Hasbro connection is only one part of the similarities evident from the trailers.
These new posters give us the thousand yard stare of Liam Neeson (he’s looking at someone waving his cheque in the distance no doubt), Rihanna with a third arm grafted onto her hip – seriously, what kind of Photoshopping is that? Alexander Skarsgard and one of the invading aliens complete the set and there’s nothing about this which interests me at all.
I’m hoping to be convinced when I see the final film that it’s more than just a collection of seabound set pieces featuring shouting and shooting.
Peter Berg (Hancock) produces and directs Battleship, an epic-scaled action-adventure that unfolds across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force. Inspired by Hasbro’s classic naval combat game, Battleship stars Taylor Kitsch as Lt. Alex Hopper, a Naval officer assigned to the USS John Paul Jones; Brooklyn Decker as Sam Shane, a physical therapist and Hopper’s fiancée; Alexander Skarsgård as Hopper’s older brother, Stone, Commanding Officer of the USS Sampson; Rihanna as Petty Officer Raikes, Hopper’s crewmate and a weapons specialist on the USS John Paul Jones; and international superstar Liam Neeson as Hopper and Stone’s superior (and Sam’s father), Admiral Shane.
Berg directs this epic action-adventure also produced by Scott Stuber (Couples Retreat), Sarah Aubrey (The Kingdom), Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir of Hasbro (the Transformers franchise), along with Duncan Henderson (Master and Commander) and Jeffrey Silver (300). The film is written by Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber (Red).
Battleship is released 11th April and stars Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker, Alexander Skarsgård, Rihanna, Asano Tadanobu and Liam Neeson.
Here are the four new posters -