Ne-Yo Serves as a Marine in ‘Battle: Los Angeles’
No stranger to the acting world, Ne-Yo‘s return to the big screen comes in March, as the singer readies himself to wipe out alien invaders in the sci-fi thriller ‘Battle: Los Angeles.’
The film’s trailer, which recently made its debut, showcases the city of L.A. preparing for what seems to be a meteor attack. After the outer space objects make a devastating impact, platoons of Marines — including Ne-Yo, who plays Marine Corporal Specks — discover extraterrestrials are really the cause of the destruction.
Shooting for ‘Battle: Los Angeles’ commenced in September 2009, when 29-year-old South African born director Jonathan Liebesman shot several scenes in Shreveport, Louisiana. Liebesman, known for the 2006 horror flick ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning,’ tapped actors Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez and Bridget Moynahan to star alongside Ne-Yo.
Recognized for his role in 2007’s ‘Stomp the Yard,’ the R&B crooner is proving his versatility with ‘Battle: Los Angeles’ and the upcoming ‘Red Tails,’ which details the story of the African-American World War II Tuskegee Airmen pilots.
“I told myself, if I’m going to be an actor, I want to be an actor, meaning that you can’t just limit yourself to one genre of film,” Ne-Yo says. “Stomp the Yard,’ as cool as it was, it was very, very similar to what I do already. I’m a dancer/singer by profession. I needed to step outside of me and do something that really showed off whether or not I could really act.”
‘Battle: Los Angeles’ hits theaters March 11.