Emile Hirsch has signed up for alien invasion movie 'The Darkest Hour'.

The 'Milk' actor will take the lead role in the movie, which tells the tale of a group of American teenagers fighting a gang of other-world enemies in Russia.

The movie will be in a similar style to '28 Days Later' and cost $40 million to make, Variety reports.

Shooting on the Chris Gorak-directed film begins in Moscow in June.

'Wanted' director Timur Bekmambetov will produce the movie with Tom Jacobson.

Last week, 'Juno' star Olivia Thrilby signed up for the project.

Despite being in Oscar-winning biopic 'Milk' in 2008, 25-year-old Emile Hirsch has seen his career stay relatively slow, having since only taken the role of Billy in comedy drama 'Taking Woodstock'.

His only other upcoming project is crime drama 'Hamlet' alongside Walter Perez, which is due for release in 2011.

Emile had a number of roles in TV shows, including 'Sabrina, the Teenage Witch' and '3rd Rock from the Sun', before his breakthrough film role in 2001's 'The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys' alongside Kieran Culkin.