Representative Peter Russo from the hit Netflix original series 'House of Cards,' Corey Stoll, has just landed a high-profile headlining role: the lead in the upcoming FX sci-fi drama adaptation 'The Strain.'
Stoll is known for his television work in 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' and feature film appearances such as 'The Bourne Legacy' and 'Salt,' yet he is usually cast in a supporting capacity. 'The Strain' isn't just any lead: it is being written and directed by feature film director Guillermo del Toro ('Pan's Labrynth') and the showrunner is none other than Carlton Cuse ('LOST').
It's always a good sign when a television pilot is drawing upon an existing novel or non-fiction book for its inspiration or adaptation; we've seen time and again that TV executives are more than happy to cut corners when it comes to rigorous rewriting of material, so when a show is based on a book we can all breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the rigor was performed before the execs became involved. 'The Strain' is even more exciting, however, because the initial series of novels were written by the same men adapting them for television: del Toro and Chuck Hogan.
The Logline offered by FX for the sci-fi drama reads: "Eph Goodweather, who investigates biological threats for the CDC, teams with ex-professor and Holocaust survivor Abraham Setrakian and they assemble a ragtag group that represents mankind’s only hope when a swarm of vampires quickly turn civilization into a buffet spread." FX president John Landgraf has indicated it is being eyed for a series order. The project already has a full writing staff in place churning out scripts, and I hear FX has committed $500,000 to creature creation.
This is a huge step for Stoll's career. Will you be watching 'The Strain' if it's picked up to series on FX?