'Friday Night Lights' star Kyle Chandler goes from small-town coach to small-town deputy in J.J. Abrams' 'Super 8,' where he's got a heckuva lot more to deal with than football lineups and troubled teens.

As Deputy Jack Lamb, he's a recent widower who's got to contend with a horrific train crash, mysterious disappearances (including the town's sheriff) and the ominous presence of the military, who assure him that nothing unusual is going on.

Chandler sat down with Moviefone to talk about working with Abrams, how he signed on to the project without a script or even the vaguest idea of what the movie was about, and why the movie meant so much to him, personally.