Robert Carlyle Passes Through 'Stargate'

The next iteration of the Sci Fi Channel's "Stargate" franchise has found its star in Robert Carlyle.

The "Full Monty" and "28 Weeks Later" star has taken the lead role in "Stargate Universe," the third series in the franchise that was spun off from the 1994 movie. The show is slated to premiere with a two-hour movie on Sci Fi this summer.

"[Carlyle] brings a depth, intelligence and complexity to his roles, which will fit perfectly with the fresh, new reinvention of this franchise," says Mark Stern, Sci Fi's head of original programming.

"Stargate Universe" will take a somewhat darker tone than its predecessors, "SG-1" and "Atlantis." It centers on a group of soldiers and civilians who are forced through a Stargate and wind up on an ancient ship in the far reaches of space.

Carlyle will play a character named Dr. David Rush, who is the crew's best hope of discovering the ship's mysteries and getting them home but who also has an agenda of his own.

The show will be Carlyle's first TV series in the United States, although he has done a couple of TV movies in the past, including FOX's " 24: Redemption" and CBS' " Hitler: The Rise of Evil." His credits also include "Trainspotting," "Eragon" and "The World Is Not Enough."