Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan‘s vampire plague trilogy, The Strain is coming to television courtesy of FX and the latest casting news has been tweeted by executive producer Carlton Cuse:
We are thrilled to have the amazing Sean Astin join the cast of THE STRAIN.
— Carlton Cuse (@CarltonCuse) July 10, 2013
That’s right, Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings, Rudy) has joined the cast of The Strain. Astin joins the previously-announced cast of Corey Stoll, Kevin Durand, Mia Maestro, Richard Sammel, Lauren Lee Smith, Jonathan Hyde, Miguel Gomez, and John Hurt.
The Strain is a high-concept thriller that tells the story of 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. When Eph realizes that this isn’t some new bioterror weapon, but something much older, something outside the reach of science, he teams with Abraham to fight back. As a plague of hungry and intelligent predators overwhelms New York, Eph, Abraham and a motley crew of everyday New Yorkers form a ragtag resistance fighting monsters in the streets and in their homes, waging a war for the fate of humanity itself.
The other good news is that Del Toro and Hogan are co-writing the pilot script for The Strain, and Del Toro is attached to direct the pilot which should get the series off to a good start.