FX’s adaptation of horror novel The Strain just gained some mega star quality as Oscar nominee John Hurt has been tapped as the co-lead opposite Corey Stoll and Mia Maestro in the network’s high-profile drama pilot.
Guillermo del Toro will direct “The Strain” 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. Kevin Durand, Richard Sammel, Lauren Lee Smith, Jonathan Hyde, and Miguel Gomez co-star.
Per Deadline, Hurt, who first worked with del Toro in his 2004 feature Hellboy, will portray Professor Abraham Setrakian, a holocaust survivor who immigrated to the United States after World War II and now runs a pawn shop in Spanish Harlem. As the outbreak spreads, he may be the only one with answers – if anyone will listen.
“I am incredibly happy to be reunited with John, who is one of the greatest actors in the world and one of my favorite people ever,” said del Toro. “Chuck and I always visualized him while writing The Strain novels, and he is absolutely perfect for the part!”
“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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