Peter Berg: Battleship is based on real-life possibility of alien invasion

Director Peter Berg has talked about new blockbuster film Battleship, and how its plot is based on the real-life possibility of aliens existing on another planet – and using our signals to come attack us.

Developed from the classic boardgame, in Battleship a fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals.

Peter explained: “The movie starts with the location of what’s called a ‘Goldilocks planet’.

“It is a real phenomenon which refers to a planet with a solar system. It has a sun about as bright as our sun, and that planet has a similar orbit to its sun as we have to ours, so we believe that the climate should be right to support life, or some form of life.”

He added: “In the beginning of Battleship we send the signal out, five years later we get a response, they come in contact with five of our ships and it doesn’t go well.”

So what about casting lead actor Taylor Kitsch? Peter said: “Taylor’s someone I know from Friday Night Lights, which is a TV show I did in America.

“I loved Taylor, it’s kind of like my little brother, and I think he possesses just the right guys for [his character] Hopper.

“He’s a guy who’s going to get it done, and he’ll be a hero, but he’s going to have a bit of trouble getting there.”

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