Noah Wyle has been cast in the lead of an untitled TNT pilot from Dream Works Television and Steven Spielberg.
Wyle (ER, TNT's Librarian telefilm franchise) will play the leader of a rag-tag group of soldiers and civilians in their struggles against an occupying alien force. The pilot opens shortly after aliens have wiped out most of the human population and are now rounding up the few survivors.
The project will be executive-produced by Spielberg, along with DreamWorks Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank and screenwriter Robert Rodat. Rodat, who earned an Oscar nomination for his screenplay for Saving Private Ryan, is writing the script for the pilot from an idea he co-conceived with Spielberg.
This project is Wyle's fifth with TNT, following three popular Librarian action-adventure movies and the telefilm Pirates of Silicon Valley. The project marks the "drama" network's third collaboration with DreamWorks Television, following Into the West, the 2005 limited series and Wedding Day, the service's first foray into unscripted series.
"Noah Wyle is an incredibly talented actor and also an extraordinary person, so we're proud to work with him again," said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies, in a statement. "It's also great to collaborate with an amazing production team headed by Steven Spielberg on what is certain to be a compelling and provocative series."