Popular rapper Ne-Yo has joined the cast of Battle: Los Angeles, rounding off a list that comprises mainly of unknowns but also heavyweights such as Michelle Rodriguez, Aaron Eckhart and Michael Pena.
The film, which centres on a Marine platoon battling an alien invasion in the streets of Los Angeles, is about to start principal photography in Shreveport and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which apparently can double up for the City Of Angels.
Meanwhile, Aaron Eckhart spoke to a group of reporters including Sci-Fi Wire, in which he described the visual feel of the film. “We’ve got a great shooter [Lukas Ettlin], and he’s going to do it like Black Hawk Down meets Alien,” said the actor, who recently played Harvey Dent/Two Face in The Dark Knight. “So it’s going to be real marine stuff. He’s going to film it in a very documentary style.”
Eckhart was also outwardly positive about the film’s prospects, despite it being under the radar of most outlets for the time being. “It’s going to be no ordinary aliens movie, I guarantee you that,” he said. “It’s going to be outrageous. This movie’s going to be so great. I go out on a limb in saying that.”
Battle: Los Angeles is directed by Jonathan Liebesman, and scheduled for a February 2011 release.