Battleship: The Movie Trailer Features Aliens, Liam Neeson

Battleship: The Movie. When we first heard that Peter Berg (director of Hancock) was going to do a feature film based on the popular Hasbro table-top game, we wondered how he'd create a story based upon the idea of two people yelling "hit" and "miss" as they blindly bombed each other in open waters. Well, now we have our answer: aliens.

The trailer features Liam Neeson as a Naval Commander, Taylor Kitsch as the rebellious protagonist, and Brookyln Decker as his love interest. Apparently Rihanna will be making her film debut in the movie, but unless she plays the giant alien, she's not in the trailer.

Fans of the guessing puzzle game and the various video-game ports will recognize the nods to the source material. In the trailer, there are peg-like bombs that attach themselves to the ships, there's a defined area of engagement (in this case artificially imposed by some kind of alien force field) and there's a lack of radar. Of course, modern naval engagements involve radar, missiles with tracking abilities, fighter jets, and oh yeah, almost no battleships.

So if you were wondering how a modern navy could be shoehorned into the arbitrary rules of a puzzle guessing game designed in the 1900s, I guess the answer is aliens. Aliens that look like Decepticons. Look for Battleship: The Movie in theaters Summer 2012.

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