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One more Guillermo del Toro project is moving closer to production, with Deadline reporting that FX has cast House of Cards actor Corey Stoll to star in its adaptation of The Strain, the vampire trilogy written by the filmmaker and Chuck Hogan. The duo penned the pilot, with Lost alum Carlton Cuse serving as showrunner.
Stoll will play Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, who works for the Centers for Disease Control in New York City, bringing him into direct contact with the slowly spreading vampirism that threatens to overrun the city — thanks to the Stateside arrival of The Master. While the mythological aspects of vampirism are explored through Holocaust survivor Professor Abraham Setrakian, Goodweather and his assistant Nora Martinez do their best to examine vampirism on a cellular level to try and figure out first, what it is, and second, how to destroy it.
“To me, having the right lead for The Strain series was perhaps the most important creative task,” del Toro said. “To be able to secure the perfect actor in Corey Stoll sets the project on the right track. To embody a character like Ephraim Goodweather — who transitions through every emotion and situation imaginable, and which anchors the narrative of the series — requires amazing talent and craft. Corey has both in spades as he has demonstrated it over and over again.”
FX has only ordered a pilot for The Strain, but Deadline reports it’s already being considered for series, and might have a $500,000 budget for special effects.