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Rihanna to star in Universal’s ‘Battleship’

Performer joins Alexander Skarsgard in Peter Berg film

Rihanna will make her feature film debut in Universal’s “Battleship” alongside Alexander Skarsgard and Taylor Kitsch.

Deal was announced Monday. Director Peter Berg is expected to soon begin shooting the live-action tentpole based on Hasbro’s naval combat board game.

U has set a May 25, 2012, release date for “Battleship,” which takes place across the seas, over the skies and land in a battle for planet survival against a superior force. Kitsch, who also works with Berg in the NBC series “Friday Night Lights,” stars as a naval officer who leads the fight. Skarsgard will play his brother.

Berg is producing along with Sarah Aubrey of Film 44; Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir of Hasbro and Scott Stuber of Stuber Pictures.

Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber wrote the screenplay, with revisions by Brian Koppelman and David Levien.

Rihanna has charted seven No. 1 singles since debuting in 2005. She’s repped by WME.

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