'Guardians of the Galaxy' Villain Lee Pace Becomes 'Prisoner of War'
After attempting to wreak havoc in space as the villain Ronan the Accuser in Marvel's latest hit Guardians of the Galaxy, actor Lee Pace is sticking with sci-fi for his next major role. Deadline reports the star of AMC's series "Halt & Catch Fire" and The Hobbit trilogy is taking a lead role in Prisoner of War, a new sci-fi thriller from music video director Joe Miale. Pace is replacing Chronicle star Alex Russell in the film which will pair the actor with Skyfall vixen Bérénice Marlohe in the story of an American soldier and a French foreign aid worker who team up in Africa amidst humankind’s last stand against an alien invasion.
Pace seems to be on the rise, though maybe not as quickly as his Guardians of the Galaxy co-star Chris Pratt. This winter he'll be back on the big screen as Elf King Thranduil in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, so he's getting a good amount of blockbuster screentime. This project sounds like a rather unique sci-fi thriller, though it's not clear how big the scale is on the film. The story makes it sounds like something akin to Monsters, but we're not sure if it's that low budget of a film or if the story is nearly as character driven. Hopefully we'll hear more sometime soon.