Guillermo del Toro’s New FX Vampire Series ‘The Strain’ Gets Two New Cast Members

By April 26, 2013

The end of the Twilight film series seems to finally have given us a brief reprieve from vampires in pop culture. Zombies appear to be on the rise to take the place of the bloodsucking undead, but that overthrow will likely only be temporary. There are a ton of vampire-related films still in development right now, and one venture into TV territory that might actually get you excited even if you’ve experienced a bit of vampire overload during the past few years.

Pacific Rim and Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro created a vampire book called The Strain a few years ago with author Chuck Hogan (who wrote the book Ben Affleck’s The Town was based on), and now the FX network has given a greenlight to a pilot episode of a TV adaptation. The story follows a NYC-based Center of Disease Control team leader named Ephraim Goodweather who investigates a mysterious outbreak that turns out to be an ancient form of vampirism. As the strain spreads throughout the city, Goodweather teams with a former professor and a ragtag group of New Yorkers to battle the vampires to save humanity.

Deadline reports that Corey Stoll, who plays Peter Russo on the excellent Netflix original series “House of Cards,” has been cast in the lead role of Goodweather. To anyone who’s watched “House of Cards” or Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, you’ll know that Stoll is incredibly talented and is the perfect fit for a show like this. Additionally, The Hollywood Reporter says that Kevin Durand, who played soldier Martin Keamy on ABC’s hit series “LOST,” has been cast as Vasily Fet in “The Strain,” a rat exterminator who joins Goodweather’s fight against the vampire forces of evil.

Durand, who brought an extra level of sliminess to his “LOST” role (and a similar quality to his character in Real Steel), will reteam with “LOST” showrunner and executive producer Carlton Cuse, who will resume both of those duties on “The Strain.” Cuse will work alongside del Toro, who co-wrote and is directing the pilot as well as executive producing the series.

This show seems like a perfect fit for FX, who has taken chances on great shows like “Terriers” and “Lights Out” in recent years only to see those shows ultimately fail to reach a large enough audience. “The Strain” has spawned a comic series and two follow-up books, so there’s a lot of material to work with, and with del Toro working so closely on the series instead of just handing it off to someone else, things are looking good for this effort. Something this high-profile, with this level of talent in front of and behind the camera, is poised to be a surefire hit.

Are you looking forward to watching “The Strain”? Have you read the books? Do you think Stoll and Durand are good fits for these roles? Sound off below and let us know what you think.

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