FX has nabbed itself an Oscar-nominated acting legend for its high-profile Guillermo del Toro pilot, “The Strain.”
Joining a previously announced cast that includes Corey Stoll, Kevin Durand and Mia Maestro, John Hurt will portray Professor Abraham Setrakian in the pilot, based on the best-selling vampire novel trilogy by del Toro and Chuck Hogan. The professor is described as a holocaust survivor who immigrated to the U.S. after World War II and now runs a pawn shop in Spanish Harlem. As a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism spreads, he may be the only one with answers — if anyone will listen.
Stoll stars as Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in NYC. As the plague takes over the city, Eph, Abraham and a motley crew of everyday New Yorkers (including Maestro as Dr. Nora Martinez and Durand as Vasily Fet, an exterminator turned eager vampire slayer) form a “ragtag resistance.
“I am incredibly happy to be reunited with John, who is one of the greatest actors in the world and one of my favorite people ever,” del Toro said in a statement. “Chuck and I always visualized him while writing The Strain novels and he is absolutely perfect for the part!”
The pilot, which will go into production in Sept. 2013 in Toronto, is expected to receive an order of 13 episodes from FX. Del Toro will direct and co-write the script with Hogan, while Carlton Cuse (“Lost”) is on board to executive produce.
Hurt’s illustrious career includes turns in “Love and Death on Long Island,” “Hellboy,” “V for Vendetta,” “Alien,” “The Elephant Man” and Midnight Express,” with the latter two earning him Oscar nominations.
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