Steven Spielberg signs Noah Wyle for alien epic

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Former ER star Noah Wyle, who has recently turned himself into something of an action hero with his Librarian made-for-TV movies, has signed as the lead in TNT's as-yet-untitled alien-invasion pilot, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The role will mark a reunion with producer Steven Spielberg.

"It is a privilege to be starting a second series with Noah," said Spielberg, whose company was behind ER. "The first didn't do too badly."

The project, written by Robert Rodat from an idea he conceived with Spielberg, is set shortly after aliens have wiped out most of the human population. Wyle will play the leader of a ragtag group of soldiers and civilians who struggle against the occupying alien force.

Wyle has already starred in four original films for the cable network: the Librarian action-adventure franchise, which spawned three movies, and Pirates of Silicon Valley.

"I couldn't feel more at home," Wyle said.