August 9th, 2011
04:52 PM ET
Rihanna is set to make her movie debut in a film version of the board game “Battleship," and the first official photo of the pop star as Petty Officer Raikes has been released.
Gone are the star's signature skimpy outfits and wild hair; in costume, a fresh-faced Rihanna sports a brunette cropped ‘do and buttoned-up camouflage while gripping an oversized weapon.
Set for release in May 2012, “Battleship” centers on a fleet of Navy ships fighting “an armada of unknown origins.” The action movie also stars “True Blood” vampire Alexander Skarsgard, Liam Neeson and model Brooklyn Decker.
“It was a role I felt like I could handle for my first time acting and he was super enthusiastic about it,” Rihanna told Fandango about getting the gig from director Peter Berg.
In preparation for the role, RiRi had to do real Naval officer conditioning, including running around a ship, swimming and taking orders from a drill sergeant. “One man drilled me, yelled at me, cursed me out, made me do pushups,” the singer says of her training.
Will Rihanna pull a Justin Timberlake and transition to acting, or will she head right back to the recording studio? We'll find out in May!
Check out the still shot of Rihanna in the photo above, plus new images from "The Hunger Games" and "The Amazing Spider-Man."
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