Screen Junkies » Taylor Kitsch http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:44:38 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Vince Vaughn To Take A Break From Phoning It In For ‘True Detective’? http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/vince-vaughn-to-take-a-break-from-phoning-it-in-for-true-detective/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/vince-vaughn-to-take-a-break-from-phoning-it-in-for-true-detective/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:10:29 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263747 The question mark means it's unsure. Duh.

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I’m guessing with the critical success of the first season of the crime anthology True Detective, a loooooong line of agents and publicists lobbied to get their fallen stars back on the A-list. I mean, first it was announced that Taylor Kitsch (not quite fallen, but hobbled by John Carter and Battleship) and Colin Farrell (lots of bad stuff) would be teaming up for the sophomore season.

Now…NOW word is that Vince Vaughn is circling a part in the show’s next outing on HBO. Vaughn hasn’t done anything approaching drama since Clay Pigeons and Psycho. That was 60 lbs. and like 15 schlubby roles ago. It’s time to get back on that horse, Vince.

There are currently no Wilson brothers cast to help him through this chore, but we’re guessing that will change, too. Can’t have Vince Vaughn without a Wilson brother.

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Are These ‘True Detective’ Season Two Plot Details Real? http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/true-detective-season-two-plot-details/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/true-detective-season-two-plot-details/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:36:48 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263097 It's a mystery.

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The rumors that Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch have been cast as two of the four leads in the second season of True Detective have neither been confirmed or denied by the powers at HBO, but there are some new plot details that may be legitimate.

Film Divider has descriptions of the leads as well as the skeletons in their closets. It’s reported that the Farrell and Kitsch characters would team up with a female Monterey sheriff who is struggling with drinking and gambling problems. Farrell’s character has issues with cocaine and anger management (he’s a shoe-in) and the younger character is actually a member of the California Highway Patrol who has been suspended for sexually exploiting a young woman he pulled over.

The plot itself may include a dash of the occult but mainly centers around a corrupt transportation deal:

The new mystery is to be kickstarted by the murder of Ray Caspar, City Manager of a fictional Californian city. From what I can gather, the new, partly invented map that Pizzolatto is drawing will be essential to his new story. As he teased, some months ago, part of the mystery will involve California’s transportation systems. This plot will involve a corrupt scheme to link North and South California with a high speed train, all in pursuit of profitable land ownership and lucrative federal grants.

It’s also reported that the story will take place in the modern day. It remains to be seen how the time period will impact the character’s hairstyles.

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Colin Farrell Reportedly Close To Signing On For Next Season Of ‘True Detective’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/colin-farrell-reportedly-close-to-signing-on-for-next-season-of-true-detective/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/colin-farrell-reportedly-close-to-signing-on-for-next-season-of-true-detective/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 01:11:10 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=262974 I guess "gritty" is just another word for handsome.

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As speculation over season 2 casting reached a fever pitch on Twitter with wacky pairings a few months back, the direction of the next series of True Detective episodes has slowly developed. There will reportedly be three leads, two men and a woman, and their casting is slowly becoming clearer.

Colin Farrell is in “deep” discussions for a lead role, and hearthrob Taylor Kitsch is apparently also in the mix for the other male lead, though it doesn’t sound like his casting is as certain. Both Christian Bale and Jessica Chastain had been approached about starring, but their schedules couldn’t accommodate a TV show.

So we get Colin Farrell, probably Taylor Kitsch, and a woman to be named later. Huh. That should work ok.

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‘John Carter’ And 9 Other Epic Sci-Fi Gladiator Battles http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/john-carter-and-9-other-epic-sci-fi-gladiator-battles/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/john-carter-and-9-other-epic-sci-fi-gladiator-battles/#comments Wed, 07 Mar 2012 17:42:01 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=246868 Come at me, bro!

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All eyes are on John Carter this weekend. Over the last few weeks, Disney has been releasing clips that give us a better look at what we can expect from the science fiction epic. One of the coolest clips so far finds Carter chained in an arena where he has to fight large ape creatures gladiator-style.

This is a classic scenario that we’ve seen time-and-time again in the science fiction genre. Which isn’t to say it isn’t awesome, because it is. See for yourself with these 9 classic examples.

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi

The opening scenes of Return of the Jedi are some of the best in the series. That’s solely because we’re introduced to badass Luke Skywalker. Boosted by the confidence that mastering the Force brings, he strolls into Jabba’s throne room and demands the release of Han Solo. He’s laughed off and thrown into the Rancor pit, where he is to die for Jabba’s amusement. Of course, no one is laughing when Skywalker punks the Rancor.

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

After being car-jacked, Mad Max finds himself in the post-apocalyptic craphole known as “Bartertown.” This is where people go to trade food and goods and take in a fight to the death or two. Max finds himself in the arena where he’s forced to take on the mutant Master Blaster, which is technically two against one. Or one-and-a-half against one. Or whatever.

The Coneheads

When Beldar Conehead returned to his home planet, his superiors were less than happy with his work on Earth. His punishment: face certain death when he is oredered to NARFTLE THE GARTHOK. However, narftling the Garthok isn’t as impossible as it seems, assuming you get your golf game down to a score of 65.

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‘John Carter’ Officially Has A Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/john-carter-officially-has-a-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/john-carter-officially-has-a-trailer/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2011 14:00:14 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=238338 Not only can he breathe on Mars, but he can kick serious ass on Mars.

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The official trailer for John Carter (née of Mars) is here, which means it’s time to take the script for Gladiator and add skinny aliens to it. Taylor Kitsch stars as a Confederate captain who’s just okay at fighting in the Civil War. However, he’s beamed to Mars where his powers become that of legend. Soon he is leading the warring nations of Mars against one another to help overthrow a menacing threat.

No word on whether he’s pro or anti Martian slavery, but he’s got a spotty track record. Also, there’s no explanation as to why they don’t believe in shirts on Mars.

John Carter is directed by Andrew Stanton and opens in theaters March 9th, 2012.

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So, Um, ‘Battleship’ Trailer Looks Sorta Awesome http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/so-um-battleship-trailer-looks-sorta-awesome/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/so-um-battleship-trailer-looks-sorta-awesome/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2011 15:16:06 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=222250 Peter Berg don't play games.

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We were all pretty quick to judge when it was announced that Peter Berg was adapting the board game Battleship for the big screen. Expectations were for an expensive, loud, CGI-heavy, action film where things blow up spectacularly. But in our film snobbery, we forget to factor in that expensive, loud, CGI-heavy action films where things blow up spectacularly can be awesome. Which is the case with Battleship.

Of course, it could be an all-out cheesefest that doesn’t strike the right balance of bullshit to awesome in the same way that Battle: Los Angeles did. But for right now, I’m gleefully optimistic that this movie is going to kick ass in a dumb fun kind of way. Unless, of course, Liam Neeson speaks the line, “They sank my battleship!” In which case, laaaaame.

 

 

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‘John Carter’ Gets His Ass To Mars In First Teaser http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/john-carter-gets-his-ass-to-mars-in-first-teaser/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/john-carter-gets-his-ass-to-mars-in-first-teaser/#comments Thu, 14 Jul 2011 15:52:52 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=220224 John Carter must save Mars. For some unknown reason.

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Our first look at John Carter is a lot more somber than you’d think. It stars Taylor Kitsch as a Civil War soldier mysteriously beamed to Mars, which looks like a good place to cook meth.

Fate brings the soldier to the dying world and it’s believed he may be the only hope of saving it. He should play up that angle, if he’s smart. Did you get a load of that princess? That’s a hot Martian who really wants saving. Hours and hours worth of saving.

You can see John Carter breaking Michael Jordan’s jumping around on alien planets record when the film opens in theaters March 9th, 2012.

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Joel David Moore To Play Marijuana Nerd In Oliver Stone’s ‘Savages’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/joel-david-moore-to-play-marijuana-nerd-in-oliver-stones-savages/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/joel-david-moore-to-play-marijuana-nerd-in-oliver-stones-savages/#comments Thu, 23 Jun 2011 12:47:23 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=217578 He gets the best pot.

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Joel David Moore has an interesting look. He sort of resembles a computer whiz with links to the marijuana trade. Which is great for him because Oliver Stone just cast him to play a computer whiz with links to the marijuana trade in Savages.

The plot revolves around two drug dealers played by Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch who share the banging rights of Blake Lively. When she is kidnapped by the Mexican cartel (headed by Salma Hayek naturally), they are forced to work for her freedom. John Travolta, Emile Hirsch, Benicio Del Toro, Uma Thurman, and Demian Bichir also star.

Filming begins later this year so hopefully Moore will be able to squeeze in a few more nerd roles before then. (THR)

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Peter Berg To Move From ‘Battleship’ To Something That Matters With ‘Lone Survivor’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/peter-berg-to-move-from-battleship-to-something-that-matters-with-lone-survivor/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/peter-berg-to-move-from-battleship-to-something-that-matters-with-lone-survivor/#comments Tue, 17 May 2011 23:10:13 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=212561 Still waiting for you to star in that 'Aspen Extreme' sequel, Peter. Oh. That's right. You died in it. Prequel, I guess.

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The progression of hot themes for movies has been zombies, Assange, teenage dystopian futures, and now it seems that, with the raid on Osama bin Laden, Navy Seals are once again all the rage.

Peter Berg, upon finishing helming the much-maligned Battleship, has announced that his next project will be Lone Survivor, based on a the book of the same name that chronicles a Navy Seal team’s struggle to survive after a 2005 ambush. The event took place on a raid to kill or capture a terrorist leader, not unlike the raid on bin Laden.

Berg sums up the story thusly for Deadline:

“The mission was similar to the assassination mission that got Bin Laden, but things got complicated when they ran into 3 kids and an old man,” he said. “Under the rules of engagement, they could have killed them, but they decided to let them go and take their chances, even though they knew these people would likely talk.” Shortly after, the mission had to be aborted when the SEALS found themselves under fire from about 250 Al Qaeda soldiers. When the dust cleared–and after a rescue helicopter was blown up by a rocket propelled grenade, 15 SEAL members were killed, and the lone survivor was Luttrell. “A massive land assault was carried out, but by then Marcus was brought to shelter by an Afghan tribe that fought off the Taliban until Luttrell could be rescued.”

You’re supposed to say “spoiler alert” when you give away major plot points, Peter.

Berg has already tapped Battleship star Taylor Kitsch to play on of the four SEAL leads in the film. Further, Berg has had his eye on this project since he embedded himself with a SEAL team in his research for The Kingdom. However, Universal convinced him to direct Battleship first, then they would spiring for Lone Survivor. Man, Berg sure does a lot of movies about the military. He’s like the Tom Clancy of directors.

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Oliver Stone Turns ‘Savages’ Into ‘Pulp Fiction 2′ With Travolta, Thurman And Blake Lively http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/oliver-stone-turns-savages-into-pulp-fiction-2-with-travolta-thurman-and-blake-lively/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/oliver-stone-turns-savages-into-pulp-fiction-2-with-travolta-thurman-and-blake-lively/#comments Fri, 22 Apr 2011 02:18:17 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=208282 Oliver Stone has added a few big names to his marijuana drama / 'Pulp Fiction' Convention 'The Savages'.

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Oliver Stone has added a few big names to his marijuana drama The Savages. Blake Lively will officially become the stoner dream girl, the “joint” girlfriend of the film’s two heroes. See what I did back there? It was a pot reference. Meanwhile, Pulp Fiction stars John Travolta and Uma Thurman are doing the twist with Universal, as they’re in talks to play a weary DEA agent and Blake Lively‘s mom. Can you guess who would play who? I can’t I am so high right now.

The Savages is about two California potheads (Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch), whose communal girl-pool Ophelia (Lively) gets kidnapped by a badass Mexican drug cartel, forcing the two top dealers to work for them. And that’s why you shouldn’t do drugs, you guys. Cause bad guys played by Salma Hayek and Benicio Del Toro will come after you and the hot girl you share with your pal. You’ve been warned.

The Savages begins production this July. (Deadline)

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Will Two Potheads Pass Blake Lively Around In ‘The Savages’? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/will-two-potheads-pass-blake-lively-around-in-the-savages/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/will-two-potheads-pass-blake-lively-around-in-the-savages/#comments Tue, 12 Apr 2011 02:29:59 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=206578 What young girl doesn't dream of getting passed around like a doobie between two stoners? Blake Lively certainly must. She's the current front runner to play the female lead in Oliver Stone's new drama, 'The Savages'.

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What young girl doesn’t dream of getting passed around like a doobie between two stoners? Actress Blake Lively must be intrigued by the prospect, because she’s the current front-runner to play the female lead, Ophelia, in Oliver Stone‘s new drama, The Savages.

The film is about two potheads in Laguna Beach who might ultimately be played by Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch. A badass Mexican drug cartel kidnaps Ophelia, forcing the two top dealers to work for them. My understanding is that nobody cries, “mellow out man,” and Neil Patrick Harris remains uninvolved.

Stone’s first-first choice for Ophelia was Jennifer Lawrence, who chose to play Katniss in The Hunger Games instead, which is thrilling news if you’re anxiously awaiting the next Twilight-y series. However, Stone might not get his second choice either, because Lively is also in talks to star as Glinda the Good Witch in Sam Raimi‘s Oz: The Great and Powerful. Will he have to “settle” for plain ol’ Olivia Wilde or Teresa Palmer?

Man, all this casting talk is making me tense. *Takes Bong Hit* (Variety)

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Who’s Testing For This ‘Bourne Legacy’ Thing Anyways? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/whos-testing-for-this-bourne-legacy-thing-anyways/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/whos-testing-for-this-bourne-legacy-thing-anyways/#comments Thu, 24 Mar 2011 22:18:23 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=203527 Now accepting any applicants who aren't playing Spider-Man or Captain America.

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Hollywood’s young dudes that didn’t end up being Spider-Man or Captain America are clamoring to play the not-Jason Bourne main character in The Bourne Legacy. A few names have been tossed around like Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, Shia LaBeouf, Taylor Kitsch, and Garrett Hedlund previously and now there’s more to add.

Deadline reports that Kitsch, Hedlund, Dominic Cooper, and Joel Edgerton have all been invited to test for the role. Shia LaBeouf is still up for the part but has not been asked to test. There’s enough footage of him running around all sweaty out there. There’s always a chance that the actor who wins the role will not be one that attends the camera tests, which isn’t very cool at all. We’ve all been asked nicely to be conservative with tape stock since the earthquake in Japan. Burning tape on Garrett Hedlund shows no respect to the rest of us.

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Benicio Del Toro Set To Squint In ‘Savages’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/benicio-del-toro-set-to-squint-in-savages/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/benicio-del-toro-set-to-squint-in-savages/#comments Wed, 23 Mar 2011 06:51:30 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=203083 Director Oliver Stone has got the Toro hookup, cause he's the latest to sign on for Stone's drug drama 'Savages'.

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If you want a villain who’s gonna squint and smoke a lot on screen, you’ve got to go with Benicio Del Toro. Luckily, director Oliver Stone has got the Toro hookup, cause he’s the latest to sign on for Stone’s drug drama Savages. Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch are also cast.

The plot concerns Ben and Chon (Johnson and Kitsch), two Laguna marijuana makers who will not take a wacky trip to White Castle. Why leave the house when they both share a sexy girl named O? Unfortunately, like something out of the video games they no doubt play a lot of, O is kidnapped by a Mexican drug lord and are told they have to work for him if they want their “joint” girlfriend (see what I did there) back alive. Del Toro plays the drug lord’s enforcer.

Based on a bestselling novel by Don Winslow, Stone is trying to setup a deal with Universal, though other studios are also interested in toking a bit of this crazy plot. (Deadline)

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Gyllenhaal and Maguire Battling For ‘Bourne Legacy’ Lead http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/gyllenhaal-and-maguire-shooting-at-each-other-for-bourne-legacy-lead/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/gyllenhaal-and-maguire-shooting-at-each-other-for-bourne-legacy-lead/#comments Fri, 25 Feb 2011 04:27:43 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=29803 Who will become the next one-man ultimate killing machine?

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In case something happened to your memory, Matt Damon has bailed on Jason Bourne, sympathy-bailing on the series with director Paul Greengrass. Bourne trilogy screenwriter Tony Gilroy is now snuggling into the director’s chair for #4, and another actor presumably gets to play a new lucky agent who becomes a one-man ultimate killing machine, courtesy of Operation Treadstone. Who will it be?

The biggest stars in the mix are Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal. If Bourne Legacy requires this new agent to do a lot of embarrassing on-screen crying, I’m guessing Maguire will snag the role. However, there are a bunch of somewhat less famous actors in contention, including Taylor Kitsch (the terrible Gambit from X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Garrett Hedlund (Jeff Bridges’ kid from Tron: Legacy) and Kellan Lutz (one of the Twilight-ers). Gilroy is insisting that all the actors screen test, so we’re guessing he’s not a total web-head or Twi-hard.

The Bourne Legacy is tentatively scheduled to open fire on theaters August 2012. (The Playlist)

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Rihanna Joins Cast of ‘Battleship’ Because at This Point, Why the Hell Not? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/rihanna-joins-cast-of-battleship-because-at-this-point-why-the-hell-not/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/rihanna-joins-cast-of-battleship-because-at-this-point-why-the-hell-not/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 I smell Oscar! If you're already making a movie out of a grid-based board game, and you've already decided to add an extraterrestrial element for no apparent reason, why in the hell wouldn't you throw a popular female R'n'B singer into the mix? Empire Online is reporting that Rihanna will make her feature film debut in Peter Berg's Battleship. The singer will join Alexander Skarsgard and Taylor Kitsch who have already signed on to the project, for some reason. Not to be outdone, Rihanna's ex-boyfriend, singer Chris Brown, has announced plans to star in an off-Broadway production of Connect Four: The Musical. Will it prove as successful? Only time will tell.

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I smell Oscar!

If you’re already making a movie out of a grid-based board game, and you’ve already decided to add an extraterrestrial element for no apparent reason, why in the hell wouldn’t you throw a popular female R’n'B singer into the mix?

Empire Online is reporting that Rihanna will make her feature film debut in Peter Berg‘s Battleship. The singer will join Alexander Skarsgard and Taylor Kitsch who have already signed on to the project, for some reason.

Not to be outdone, Rihanna’s ex-boyfriend, singer Chris Brown, has announced plans to star in an off-Broadway production of Connect Four: The Musical. Will it prove as successful? Only time will tell.

 

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Alexander Skarsgard Sets Sail on ‘Battleship’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/alexander-skarsgard-sets-sail-on-battleship/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/alexander-skarsgard-sets-sail-on-battleship/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Dead in the water."True Blood" star Alexander Skarsgard is on board for the upcoming Universal film, Battleship. Skarsgard joins Taylor Kitsch in the adaptation of the iconic strategy game.To many, making a movie about a nautical-themed board game might seem a tad stupid. But for all you skeptics, there's one thing you should know. An "alien invasion" element has been added to the plot.Wow. It's beyond mockery. Congrats, Universal. You sunk my sarcasm. (Coming Soon)

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Dead in the water.

"True Blood" star Alexander Skarsgard is on board for the upcoming Universal film, Battleship. Skarsgard joins Taylor Kitsch in the adaptation of the iconic strategy game.

To many, making a movie about a nautical-themed board game might seem a tad stupid. But for all you skeptics, there’s one thing you should know. An "alien invasion" element has been added to the plot.

Wow. It’s beyond mockery. Congrats, Universal. You sunk my sarcasm. (Coming Soon)

 

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Taylor Kitsch Will Star in ‘Battleship’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/taylor-kitsch-will-star-in-battleship/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/taylor-kitsch-will-star-in-battleship/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 It looks like an actor has willingly signed on to play the lead in Battleship, a Peter Berg joint. Taylor Kitsch, who you probably know from Friday Night Lights or X-Men Origins: Wolverine or John Carter of Mars (if you're behind on your RSS feed and just now reading this in 2012), is now attached to play Alex Hopper, the Commanding Officer of a destroyer who goes toe-to-toe with alien invaders on the high seas.Jeremy Renner was originally in talks for the role but had to drop out when he realized the movie was based on a board game. I'd like to stay optimistic about this until I see a trailer, but I will go on record and let it be known that I'll be very disappointed if a Slinky doesn't burst from a crewmember's chest during a galley scene. (THR)

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It looks like an actor has willingly signed on to play the lead in Battleship, a Peter Berg joint. Taylor Kitsch, who you probably know from Friday Night Lights or X-Men Origins: Wolverine or John Carter of Mars (if you’re behind on your RSS feed and just now reading this in 2012), is now attached to play Alex Hopper, the Commanding Officer of a destroyer who goes toe-to-toe with alien invaders on the high seas.

Jeremy Renner was originally in talks for the role but had to drop out when he realized the movie was based on a board game. I’d like to stay optimistic about this until I see a trailer, but I will go on record and let it be known that I’ll be very disappointed if a Slinky doesn’t burst from a crewmember’s chest during a galley scene. (THR)

 

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