“I spent a lot of time in the Navy thinking about who would make sense and who would bring an urban swagger to this character,” Berg explained of his idea to cast Rihanna. “Put a call in, had a great couple of meetings, and she’s a great girl, really hard-working, very smart, wants to be good, really strong work ethic, no attitude, no diva nonsense. She was great.”
Director Peter Berg on casting Rihanna in next summer's Battleship – the upcoming Universal Studios big-budgeted, live action adaptation of Hasbro's naval combat board game.
You've seen the teaser trailer, and whatever "urban swagger" Rihanna possesses, as Berg suggests, wasn't evident; partly because she's barely in it; if you blinked, you'd have missed the one quick shot of her.
Hey Mr Berg, how about you forget about "urban swagger" and just cast an actor next time; I hear they're becoming extinct these days, but you can be one of the few industry revolutionaries.
Rihanna and her "urban swagger" will be strut into movie theaters May 18, 2012.