'Guardians of the Galaxy' Villain Lee Pace Becomes 'Prisoner of War'

August 7, 2014
Source: Deadline

Lee Pace

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.

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I, personally, am not terribly impressed with Pace. I find his acting dry and 1 dimensional. That may have to do with the roles he play though.

Brian Sleider on Aug 7, 2014


Loved him as Ronan "You call me boy!"...shame they killed him off. Glad to see him getting more roles.

Xerxexx on Aug 7, 2014


He's great in Halt and Catch Fire. I highly recommend that show if you enjoy technology.

MattPeloquin on Aug 7, 2014


Yeah, he's great. That guy has massive charisma. Halt and Catch Fire has a great cast, it's to bad that the writers can't maintain a level of quality. The penultimate episode was amazing, great TV all around. The finale was horribly written, looked like amateur hour. The show will probably be cancelled. I would still watch a second season, and I agree that it deserves a watch by anyone remotely interested in technology/PCs, but the writers/producers would have to step up their game

Ricardo_PT on Aug 7, 2014


Agreed. That show is criminally under rated for the quality.

DAVIDPD on Aug 7, 2014


I loved Pace in PUSHING DAISYS. But he kept a getting weird character work. This sounds good.

DAVIDPD on Aug 7, 2014


His wide range of characters is what makes me love his acting. It's as if there's nothing he can't do! I love that he isn't stereotyped into one set block of character types. I'm really looking forward to this one.

Laura Ashley Neil on Aug 17, 2014

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