Battleship Gets Linklater, Hefty Pricetag

Hamish Linklater (“The New Adventures of Old Christine”) has reportedly joined the cast of Peter Berg’s sci-fi naval thriller “Battleship” for Universal Pictures reports The Wrap.

Based on the classic board game, the story revolves around an international fleet joining forces to battle a water-bound armada from outer space. Linklater plays a ‘brainy scientist’ in the film, joining a cast that includes Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Rihanna and Tom Arnold.

The news comes as an article from The Hollywood Reporter claims the project is sitting on a budget of $200 million or more, which makes it a big gamble for Universal Pictures whom has had little success at the box-office as of late.

Berg, Sarah Aubrey, Scott Stuber, Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir are producing. Shooting kicks off later this month in Hawaii.