Liam Neeson Jumps Aboard Battleship

He'll play Admiral Shane

Peter Berg is adding a little authority to his Battleship film adaptation, conscripting Liam Neeson to be part of the cast.

Neeson has signed on to play Admiral Shane, a respected Naval officer whose daughter (played by model Brooklyn Decker) just happens to be dating the hero, Taylor Kitsch.

Berg set sail yesterday on the film, kicking off shooting in Hawaii with Kitsch, Decker, Alexander Skarsgaard (who is starring as Kitsch’s older brother) and music star Rihanna, who’s playing a weapons expert. Yeah, we’re not sure about that last piece of casting either.

Battleship finds a human fleet facing off against invading, aquatic aliens who have decided that Earth’s oceans have something they need. It’ll mean a tough test for Kitsch’s cocky young commander. But if we’re honest, we’d be more worried about upsetting Liam Neeson’s daughter in any way. After all, we’ve seen Taken. And now we’re wondering if Neeson got used to people saluting him on The A-Team and wanted to keep it going.

Neeson’s a man in demand at the moment, considering that A-Team director Joe Carnahan wants him for wilderness thriller The Grey and he has at least three other rumoured films on his schedule.