September 9, 2009 / 4:34 AM / 8 years ago

Ne-Yo among actors ready for "Battle"

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.

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

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

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