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Meanwhile, it appears that newcomer Benjamin Walker, currently finishing up a broadway role as a rock 'n roll version of Andrew Jackson in New York, will be joining the "First Class" as Dr. Hank McCoy aka Beast, the role originated by Kelsey Grammer in X-Men the Last Stand, this according to Showbiz411.com. Walker kind of looks like a young Eric Bana, just imagine him being blue, not green.
The last bit of "vampire-related" news refers to Alexander Skarsgard of True Blood fame. According to The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision Blog, the star will have a leading role in Battleship. Yes, the film that will be based on the Hasbro game of the same name. The film’s script centers on “a water-bound armada of otherworldly origin” battling an international naval fleet. Skarsgard will play the narrow officer who is idolized by his brother, who is to be played by star Taylor Kitsch (X-Men Origins: Wolverine). Hancock director Peter Berg has signed on to helm the film, which is a long while from hitting theaters on the expected date of May 18, 2012.
The entire concept of Battleship is a bit disturbing. For the past several years, it has become painstakingly obvious that major Hollywood studios have been running out of ideas. As a result, moviegoers have been treated to remakes, revamps, and sequels galore. The idea of a film based on a Hasbro game isn’t exactly appealing.
Skarsgard has proven himself to be a capable actor. However, perhaps this film isn’t the best way for him to break through into the world of motion pictures.
Battleship will be the first studio film for Skarsgard since his breakout role on HBO’s True Blood. He almost got the leading role in Marvel’s upcoming Thor, even receiving a screen test for the role. Skarsgard will work on Lars von Trier’s Melancholia before stepping into Battleship.