NEW YORK, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- British actor Charles Dance is to play the lead role of the alien Overlord Karellen in the upcoming six-hour miniseries Childhood's End, Syfy and Universal Cable Productions announced Monday.
Adapted from Arthur C. Clarke's classic novel, the program is scheduled to premiere on the cable network next year.
"We are thrilled that Charles has picked Childhood's End following his amazing work in Game of Thrones," Bill McGoldrick, Syfy's executive vice president of original content, said in a statement Monday.
Directed by Nick Hurran, Childhood's End follows the peaceful invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords.
"Karellen, the ambassador for the Overlords, makes first contact with Earthling Ricky Stormgren. Karellen's comforting words and amazing technological gifts quickly win humanity's favor, beginning decades of apparent utopia at the cost of human identity and culture," a synopsis said. "However, his refusal to reveal his physical appearance and insistence on dealing only through Ricky have some people questioning whether his intentions are truly benevolent."
Dance played the ruthless and ambitious Tywin Lannister on Game of Thrones until Tywin's son Tyrion -- played by Peter Dinklage -- killed him at the end of Season 4 last spring.