Robert Carlyle

Pieces are falling into place for the next Stargate installment. Robert Carlyle, most recently seen in 24: Redemption, will headline the franchise's third series, Stargate Universe, Sci Fi announced.

SGU, which will launch with a two-hour premiere this summer, centers on a group of soldiers, scientists and civilians who are stranded in space after their ship comes under attack. Carlyle will play Dr. David Rush, who leads the group on a mission to unlock the ship's mysteries and return home.

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

Last month, at a screening for 24: Redemption, Carlyle told TVGuide.com that television has been after him to front a show, saying, "And I welcome the attention!" (Watch video here, at the 1:10 mark).

SGU will begin production in February in Vancouver. Stargate Atlantis wraps up its five-season run on Jan. 9.