Singer signs-up for sci-fi role

Rihanna is to star in a science fiction film called Battleship, vaguely based on the classic boardgame.

The film, helmed by Hancock director Peter Berg, is about a naval fleet that protects the Earth from an alien invasion, reports Variety.

It is not yet known what part the singer will play, but she will feature in the film alongside X-Men Origins: Wolverine actor Taylor Kitsch, who plays Naval commander Alex Hopper and True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgård, who plays his father.

Rihanna made her acting debut in the straight-to-DVD film Bring it On: All or Nothing, though earlier this year she suggested she wanted to focus on acting more.

Battleship will be released in May 2012.