Rihanna Lands Debut Film Role in 'Battleship'

Following in the footsteps of folks like Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Simpson, Rihanna has decided that now is the time for her to make the leap from singer/performer to leading actress. Variety reports the gal has nabbed her first acting role in Universal's Battleship, based, of course, on the popular board game.

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The 2012 movie thankfully won't feature Rihanna sitting at a table playing Battleship for two hours. Instead, it will follow a fleet of ships that are forced to do battle against an enemy of unknown origins … which, yes, we already kinda know are aliens. Cowboys & Aliens, Battleships & Aliens … what's next? My Little Pony & Aliens? (I think I'd watch that. You?)
 
I'm a little iffy on the choice to cast Rihanna since this will be her first big-screen role, and it's in a really huge summer blockbuster. While I'm sure they'll find some way to get her singing in the flick (and I'm sure she'll have a tune or two on the soundtrack), I'm just surprised they're giving her such a major film for her first go-round. Already starring in Battleship are Alexander Skarsgard and Taylor Kitsch, and the film hits theaters on May 18, 2012.
 
What do you think about this being Rihanna's first big-screen role? Is it a good choice for her, or should she have chosen something more sing-songy like a movie-musical?
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