The Hollywood Reporter
Two more names have signed on to appear in the upcoming FX adaptation of the Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan vampire opus The Strain. Read on for the details surrounding the latest additions, who happen to know a few things about changing the course of history.
THR reports that Titanic‘s Jonathan Hyde (pictured) and Inglourious Basterds‘ Richard Sammel have boarded the television project. Hyde will portray the series regular role of Eldritch Palmer, an elderly tycoon who’s the third-richest man in the world who has been an invalid since childhood. Though his life-long fight against his frail body, he’s developed a relentless drive to attain immortality by any means necessary.
Sammel, meanwhile, will play Thomas Eichorst, a mysterious figure from Professor Abraham Setrakian’s past whose re-emergence in New York is not a coincidence. (The role of Setrakian has yet to be cast.) They join the previously announced Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, and Kevin Durand.
Del Toro will direct the pilot from a script he co-wrote with Chuck Hogan, who also co-authored the books with him. Carlton Cuse (“Lost,” “Bates Motel”), who helped develop the adaptation, executive produces alongside del Toro and will serve as showrunner, overseeing the potential series with del Toro. Hogan and del Toro’s longtime manager/producing partner Gary Ungar also serve as exec producers of the project, produced by FX Prods.
“The Strain” is a high-concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers wage war for the fate of humanity itself.
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