It is no big news that the vampire fad that has been gripping television and film goers for the past few years is holding strong, but it seems that the plague has even jumped over to Middle Earth. 'Lord of the Rings’ star Sean Astin has jumped on board the Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan pilot ‘The Strain’ on FX. The series is based on the bestselling novel of the same name written by the pair. We have seen how Astin performs against the horrors of Middle Earth, but how will he fair against the threat of vampires?
‘The Strain’ executive producer Carlton Cuse made the announcement earlier today on his Twitter page, saying “We are thrilled to have the amazing Sean Astin join the cast of THE STRAIN.” According to the official show description, ‘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. 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 (Hurt) 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.”
Astin will play the role of the CDC team administrator, Jim Kent, who is in charge of solving the mystery behind the virulent strain of vampirism that is gripping Manhattan and containing the threat. Guillermo del Torro is signed on to direct and co-write the thriller, along with the help from Hogan.
If anyone has a good understanding of how to do horror well, it is del Toro, and with plenty of familiar faces already booked on the pilot, the show has every opportunity to make a big impression. Other names currently attached to the vampire thriller include Corey Stoll, Kevin Durand, Mia Maestro, Richard Sammel, Lauren Lee Smith, Jonathan Hyde, Miguel Gomez and John Hurt.
Are you looking forward to catching ‘The Strain’ on FX?