Just days after FX ordered ‘The Strain’ for 13 episodes, the horror vampire series has secured one of its more important roles. With John Hurt vacating, the Guillermo del Toro-led thriller was in need of casting the mysterious and perhaps brilliant Professor Abraham Setrakian, a key player in a massive viral outbreak.
David Bradley, an alum of ‘Game of Thrones’ and the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise, among scores of other films, has been selected for the role of Setrakian. A survivor of the Holocaust and former pawn shop owner in New York City, the character has been described as someone who "may be the only one with answers – if anyone will listen." So, basically he will be an old kook who is ignored until it’s too late, and yes, he has answers (the "maybe" means yes).
Setrakian becomes involved in a story led by a New York disease control team investigating what is being dubbed as "an evil strain of vampirism" (as opposed to all those innocuous kinds).
Alongside del Toro, who is coming off much critical acclaim through moderate box office success for his summer blockbuster ‘Pacific Rim,’ are creators Chuck Hogan and Carlton Cuse, the latter of whom was most recently EP on ‘Bates Motel,’ and perhaps most significantly the EP on ‘Lost.' Del Toro and Hogan co-authored the trilogy of novels, from which the series will be adapted.
Currently looking at a July 2014 release date, the series stars Corey Stoll of ‘House of Cards’ note, along with Sean Astin, Mia Maestro, and, as the filming will take place in Toronto, some familiar Canadian journeymen actors Kevin Durand and Robert Maillet.