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Beam me up, Pacey!

Joshua Jackson is no stranger to paranormal roles -- the 31-year-old actor is currently starring in Fox's 'Fringe,' which is generally regarded as 'The X-Files' for the new millennium -- but it's been a while since our favorite fella from the Creek has graced the big screen in a leading role. Variety reports that Jackson will star in 'UFO,' a feature film remake of the classic British TV series created by Gerry Anderson. Beam me up, Pacey!

Joshua Jackson is no stranger to paranormal roles -- the 31-year-old actor is currently starring in Fox's 'Fringe,' which is generally regarded as 'The X-Files' for the new millennium -- but it's been a while since our favorite fella from the Creek has graced the big screen in a leading role. Variety reports that Jackson will star in 'UFO,' a feature film remake of the classic British TV series created by Gerry Anderson.

Jackson will play Paul Foster, a test pilot who joins the covert organization S.H.A.D.O. (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defense Organization) to defend the Earth against an alien race who abduct humans and harvest their organs. The project will be directed by former visual effects supervisor Matthew Gratzner, who has previously worked on 'Iron Man' and Martin Scorsese's 'Shutter Island.'

Of the casting, Gratzner said, "Character development is the most critical part of 'UFO,' and Joshua's terrific talent and range is exactly what I need to convey the inner conflict of the character of Paul Foster." The original series was a cult success in the '70s, though the show was based in the near future of 1980s England. The remake, written by Ryan Gaudet and Joseph Kanarek, will transplant the story to 2020, no doubt with a shiny new U.S. setting.

'UFO' will be Jackson's first feature role since 2008's horror remake 'Shutter,' but throughout the '90s and early '00s, the Canadian actor was a regular fixture in movie theaters; from his performance as Charlie Conway in 'The Mighty Ducks' series to leading roles in 'Americano' and 'Aurora Borealis,' as well as a stint on stage at London's West End in 2005. We're looking forward to seeing Jackson's razor sharp wit (amongst other things) back on the big screen when 'UFO' lands in 2011.