Heat Vision reports that Taylor Kitsch (John Carter of Mars) is set to star in Battleship for Universal. The film is an adaptation of the Hasbro board game.

Battleship is incorporating an "alien invasion element" to what has been mainly seen as a regular Naval game.

Jon and Erich Hoeber wrote the screenplay. It follows an international fleet that comes together to fight a water-bound armada of otherworldly origin.

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Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) had originally been up for the role that Kitsch is playing.

In Battleship, Kitsch will play a Naval commander named Alex Hopper. He is described as "wildly spirited" and "a great seaman but a lousy politician."

Evan Jacobs