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Pushing Daisies star Lee Pace has been tapped to star in the AMC pilot Halt & Catch Fire, an 80s-era drama that takes a close look at the beginnings of the personal computer boom. The project comes from Mark Johnson of AMC’s departing hit Breaking Bad.

Halt & Catch Fire centers on three people in the Silicon Prairie area of Texas during the early 80s. The three are described as a visionary, a prodigy, and an engineer who band together to challenge the enormous corporations with their innovations. Deadline says Lee Pace will take the role of Joe MacMillan, the visionary of the three. A former IBM salesman, MacMillan left the company in spite of superstar status for reasons that are shrouded in mystery. Sure of himself and his power, MacMillan finds his way to a Dallas tech firm. Of the other two, the role of the prodigy has also been cast, and will be played by relative newcomer Mackenzie Davis, whose only previous TV credit is for I Just Want My Pants Back.

Best known for Pushing Daisies, Lee Pace also has a busy film career and since leaving his TV role on the quirky series behind has appeared in Lincoln and has a role in all three installments of The Hobbit trilogy. This would be his first TV series role since Pushing Daisies wrapped in 2009. Pace also starred in a personal favorite (and also quirky) show that ended too soon, Fox’s Wonderfalls.

The pilot for Halt & Catch Fire is being written by Chris Cantwell (Vicariously) and Chris Rogers, and Juan Jose Campanella (House) is directing.