First Lee Pace was the alien threat, and now he'll have to fight the alien threat.
It's been a good few months for Pace. His performance as Thranduil in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug earned him plenty of new fans (and a lot of Tumblr posts), he returned to TV with the AMC period drama Halt and Catch Fire, and he got to go full supervillain as Ronan the Accuser in Marvel's hit Guardians of the Galaxy. Now Pace will make the leap from supporting scene stealer in genre blockbusters to, hopefully, leading a genre blockbuster of his own.
According to Deadline, Pace has just been cast as the lead in the upcoming alien-invasion thriller Prisoner of War, replacing Chronicle star Alex Russell. Pace will play an American soldier in Africa who teams up with a French foreign aid worker (Skyfall's Berenice Marlohe) in the war-ravaged countryside. Humanity has already suffered from a cataclysmic alien invasion, and as the two prepare to be part of Earth's last stand against the alien threat, their partnership will be tested when the soldier discovers his true identity. The film will be directed by Joe Miale, who's mostly known for working in TV and music videos, but has also made an impression with recent videogame-inspired short films like Assassin's Creed: Checkmate and Half-Life: Raise the Bar.
Sure, the plot doesn't sound like the most original thing out there, especially in the wake of movies like Oblivion and Edge of Tomorrow, but that doesn't mean it won't be pulled off in a clever way. Plus, it's great to see Pace finally getting a chance to take the lead in a big genre project.