Ne-Yo among actors ready for "Battle"

Wed Sep 9, 2009 12:29am EDT
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By Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - R&B singer-songwriter Ne-Yo is suiting up with Ramon Rodriguez, Taylor Handley and Cory Hardrict for "Battle: Los Angeles," a sci-fi war movie.

Jadin Gould, Bryce Cass and Joey King also have joined the cast, which includes Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan and Michael Pena.

Jonathan Liebesman ("The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning") is directing the Columbia feature.

Ne-Yo, who recently signed on to write and sing the closing song for Disney's animated feature "The Princess and the Frog," will play a corporal in the platoon that's fighting the invading aliens.

Rodriguez, Handley and Hardrict are cast as members of the platoon. Cass, Gould and King are playing kids trapped in a community center.

"Battle" will be Ne-Yo's highest-profile movie role and one that takes him out of the realm of music-related films. His credits include "Stomp the Yard" and "Save the Last Dance 2."

Ramon Rodriguez has appeared in "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and "The Taking of Pelham 123." Handley, who returns for a recurring role on NBC's cop drama "Southland," also starred in Kevin Williamson's "Hidden Palms." Hardrict appeared in Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino."

(Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters)

<p>Ne-Yo performs "She Got Her Own" at the BET Awards '09 in Los Angeles June 28, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>