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Alien invasion's foe: Noah Wyle is Spielberg's choice for TNT series

Noah Wyle is the human race's last hope in a new Steven Spielberg pilot being produced for TNT.

The untitled project features Wyle as the leader of a small group of soldiers and civilians who've survived an alien invasion and occupation. As the extraterrestrials round up the last of humankind, Wyle and Co. must fight to stay alive.

"I am overjoyed to continue my association with TNT on this new project. We have a longstanding relationship spanning four projects, and I couldn't feel more at home," Wyle said in a statement yesterday. "I also have the pleasure of reteaming with Steven Spielberg, who was behind the creation of 'ER,' my home for the last 15 years."

Spielberg echoed Wyle's sentiments.

"It is a privilege to be starting a second series with Noah," he said. "The first didn't do too bad."

Executive producers Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank will join Spielberg behind the camera. Robert Rodat, who earned an Oscar nod for his screenplay for "Saving Private Ryan," will write the script based on an idea he conceived with Spielberg.

"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. "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."

Wyle's previous projects with the cable network include the three "Librarian" made-for-TV movies as well as the "Pirates of Silicon Valley."

On "ER," Wyle played Dr. John Carter, a portrayal that earned the actor five Emmy and three Golden Globe nominations


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