EXCLUSIVE: Austin Stowell, who plays downed U2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers in Steven Spielberg’s Bridge Of Spies which opens in theaters this week, has scooped up his next role. He has been cast as Anne Hathaway’s love interest in Colossal, the monster pic written and to be directed by Timecrimes‘ Nacho Vigalondo for Brightlight Pictures.

Production gets underway next week on the pic, which when it was being sold in Cannes this spring posited a plot about an ordinary woman (Hathaway) who discovers she has a connection to a series of attacks by a giant lizard and a robot in Tokyo, and she needs to find out why she is the only person who can stop it. (That giant lizard in Tokyo bit raised the eyebrows of Godzilla rightsholder Toho, which quickly filed a lawsuit against Voltage Pictures for copyright infringement. That suit is ongoing and a hearing on it is set for next month.) CAA is handling domestic rights and Voltage is handling international.

In addition to Bridge Of Spies, Stowell co-stars on TNT’s new series Public Morals. His upcoming films include the action-thriller Stratton opposite Dominic Cooper and In Dubious Battle and The Long Home both directed by James Franco.

Stowell is repped by CAA and ROAR.