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BATTLESHIP (2012)
ABOUT THE STORY (SYNOPSIS)
Release Date: May 18, 2012
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Peter Berg
Screenwriter: Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber
Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker, Rihanna
Genre: Action, Adventure
MPAA Rating: PG-13

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WHAT THE FILM IS ABOUT

Production Information

In Summer 2012, the battle for Earth begins at sea.

PETER BERG (Hancock, The Kingdom, Friday Night Lights) directs and produces Battleship, an epic-scale action-adventure that unfolds across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force.

Battleship stars TAYLOR KITSCH (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, John Carter) as Lieutenant Alex Hopper, a naval weapons officer assigned to USS John Paul Jones; ALEXANDER SKARSGARD (HBO's True Blood, Melancholia) as Hopper's older brother, Stone, Commanding Officer of USS Sampson; global music superstar RIHANNA, making her motion-picture debut as Petty Officer Second Class Cora Raikes, Hopper's crewmate and a weapons specialist on USS John Paul Jones; BROOKLYN DECKER (Just Go With It) as Sam Shane, Hopper's fiancée and a physical therapist specializing in the rehabilitation of military combat veterans; TADANOBU ASANO (Thor, upcoming 47 Ronin), as Captain Yugi Nagata, Commanding Officer of the Japanese destroyer Myoko and Hopper's archrival; and LIAM NEESON (The Grey, Taken ) as Hopper and Stone's superior (and Sam's father), Admiral Shane, Commander of the Pacific Fleet.

Supporting the cast are HAMISH LINKLATER (Fantastic Four) as Cal Zapata, a scientist who mans the international satellite station in Hawaii that searches the skies for signs of life; JESSE PLEMONS (NBC's Friday Night Lights) as Jimmy "Ordy" Ord, a boatswain aboard USS John Paul Jones; New Zealander JOHN TUI (Samoan Wedding) as the ship's engine room expert, Chief Petty Officer Walter "The Beast" Lynch; and, in his professional acting debut, U.S. Army Colonel GREGORY D. GADSON, a battalion leader who lost both legs in Iraq in 2007. Gadson plays Lieutenant Colonel Mick Canales, an Army combat veteran and double amputee who begins his recovery just as the alien attack begins.

Inspired by Hasbro's classic naval-combat game, Battleship is produced by BRIAN GOLDNER and BENNETT SCHNEIR of Hasbro (the Transformers and G.I. Joe franchises), SCOTT STUBER (Safe House, Couples Retreat), Film 44's SARAH AUBREY (The Kingdom), along with DUNCAN HENDERSON (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, The Perfect Storm). The action-adventure is written by JON HOEBER & ERICH HOEBER (Red).

In assembling his team, Berg turned to a seasoned group of movie veterans, many with whom he has previously collaborated. They include director of photography TOBIAS SCHLIESSLER (Friday Night Lights, Hancock); production designer NEIL SPISAK (Hancock, Spider-Man); film editors COLBY PARKER, JR. (Friday Night Lights, Hancock), BILLY RICH (American Gangster, Robin Hood) and PAUL RUBELL (Transformers, Hancock); and costume designer LOUISE MINGENBACH (Hancock, The Hangover ). Executive producers are JONATHAN MONE (The Wolfman) and BRADEN AFTERGOOD.

For the film's spectacular visual effects, Berg recruited a pair of movie magicians from the renowned ranks of the award-winning Industrial Light & Magic—PABLO HELMAN (War of the Worlds, Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones ) and GRADY COFER (There Will Be Blood, Star Trek). Special effects were mastered by Academy Award® winner BURT DALTON (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Star Trek ).

Battleship filmed primarily on location in Honolulu, Hawaii, and received unprecedented support from the U.S. Navy throughout production. The Navy allowed the motion-picture crew to visit several Arleigh Burke-class destroyers while in Pearl Harbor--USS Hopper (DDG 70), temporarily moored in Pearl Harbor, as well as USS Preble (DDG 88) and USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), both home ported in Hawaii. Additionally, the production was able to visit Chung-Hoon at sea, which allowed cast and crew to view the sailors as they trained.

Fittingly, the team shot on the Battleship Missouri Memorial (BB-63), the site of the 1945 Japanese surrender to Allied forces, which marked the end of World War II.
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