Noah Wyle is jumping back into the TV pool, signing on to star in a sci-fi pilot for TNT that Steven Spielberg is executive producing.
The project will star Wyle as the leader of a group of soldiers and civilians who mount a resistance against an alien invasion force. Spielberg — who also executive produced ER, the show that gave Wyle his big break — conceived the idea with writer Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan), who is penning the pilot.
Wyle has previously starred in TNT’s series of Librarian movies and played Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in the cable channel’s 1999 movie Pirates of Silicon Valley.
“I am overjoyed to continue my association with TNT on this new project,” he says. “We have a long-standing relationship spanning four projects, and I couldn’t feel more at home.”
Spielberg and Rodat will executive produce the pilot with Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank of DreamWorks Television. There’s no word yet on a start date.
Also at TNT, Jeri Ryan has taken a recurring role on second season of Leverage, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Ryan, who starred in CBS’ Shark from 2006-08, will play a con artist who helps Sophie (Gina Bellman) on a job and gets pulled into the team.
Her other TV credits include Star Trek: Voyager, Boston Public and a recurring part on The O.C..
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