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If you watched the stellar “Broadchurch,” you’ll surely recognize the expressive face of David Bradley, who has just signed on for a key role in FX’s upcoming “The Strain,” replacing the equally recognizable John Hurt.
The casting switch was announced just one day after FX gave a series order for the project, which is executive produced by “Bates Motel’s” Carlton Cuse. Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan (co-authors of the novel on which the show is based) co-wrote the pilot, which del Toro also directed.
Cuse will serve as showrunner and writer. Gary Ungar will also executive produce the FX Productions series.
The story centers on Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey 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.
Bradley, who played Jack Marshall in British series “Broadchurch” and Argus Filch in the Harry Potter franchise, will take on the role of Professor Abraham Setrakian. A Holocaust survivor who immigrated to the U.S. after World War II, Abraham now runs a pawn shop in Spanish Harlem. As the outbreak spreads, he may be the only one with answers — if anyone will listen.
Hurt was previously set to play the role, but per THR, producers and FX Productions opted to recast for an unspecified reason.
“The Strain,” aiming for a July 2014 debut for its 13-episode first season, also stars Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, and Miguel Gomez. Production will begin later this month in Toronto.
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