More casting news has come in for Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s television version of their literary franchise, The Strain. “24” and “The River” star Leslie Hope has joined the show.
According to TVLine Hope will play one of the few survivors of the outbreak. If the project lands a series order Hope’s character would recur.
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, Jack Kesy, Jonathan Hyde, John Hurt, Miguel Gomez, Corey Stoll, Robert Maillet, and Mia Maestro all star.
“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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