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Heavy Hitter For Stargate

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Source: WENN

Dec. 15 2008, Updated 12:26 p.m. ET

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In an effort to give the franchise broader international appeal, Sci Fi Channel has signed

actor Robert Carlyle to star in the third Stargate series, Stargate Universe.

"Robert Carlyle brings a depth, intelligence and complexity to his roles, which will fit perfectly with the fresh, new reinvention of this franchise," according to Sci Fi original-programming exec Mark Stern.

Among Carlyle's many films are The Fully Monty, 28 Weeks Later, and as the pain-free James Bond villain Renard in The World is Not Enough.

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The series will debut with a two hour film next summer.

The dark and edgy Stargate Universe is about a band of soldiers, scientists and civilians who are stranded on a millennia-old spaceship after an attack on their base forces them through a stargate. They struggle to survive as Carlyle's Dr. David Rush tries to figure out the ship and its many secrets.

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