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Hasbro struck box-office gold by hooking up with Michael Bay for the Transformers films, and it looks like the toymaker is hoping to do something very similar with Battleship and director Peter Berg. As millions of people saw Sunday, courtesy of the above Super Bowl ad, the movie doesn’t simply feature naval-based combat, but (and stop us if this sounds familiar) a group of military figures doing its best to stop an invasion by armored aliens.
The new spot showed off all kinds of action and special effects, including the aliens, who look like they’re sporting some armor that would make Tony Stark envious. How will Taylor Kitsch, Liam Neeson, Rhianna and Alexander Skarsgard deal with such things? You’ll have to wait until May 18 to find out.
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 fiancee; Alexander Skarsgard 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.