It’s been a bit quiet lately with regard to FX’s pilot for “The Strain,” but a new cast member has joined the fray, and he looks to be quite the badass!
Per Deadline, Miguel Gomez (The Domino Effect, “Louie”) has landed a regular role in the project from Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse. He joins the previously announced Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Kevin Durand, Jonathan Hyde, and Richard Sammel. Gomez will play Augustin “Gus” Elizalde, a gangbanger whose one redeeming trait is his love for his mother. Fresh out of juvenile hall after serving 18 months for manslaughter, he becomes one of humanity’s most effective warriors in the struggle against the vampires.
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,” an adaptation of del Toro’s vampire novel trilogy, formally has a pilot order but is being eyed for a 13-episode series pickup. It 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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