While Guillermo Del Toro is gearing up to smash the big screen with his upcoming Pacific Rim, he’s also putting together a brand new series for FX called The Strain. Del Toro is teaming up with Carlton Cuse (Bates Motel) to adapt The Strain from a book series originally written by Guillermo Del Toro himself. Reports indicate that a team of writers are already putting together scripts for the show and that FX is committing $500,000 to creature effects. It would seem as if FX is eager to get this series together as soon as possible.
Now, according to Deadline, the first major actor has been cast in the series. Corey Stoll, who just recently worked on House of Cards, has been cast as Dr. Ephraim Goodweather. Ephraim also happens to be the lead character in the story. Del Toro will direct the pilot based on a script that he wrote with Chuck Hogan who also co-wrote the book series.
The Strain is a high-concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Stoll), the head of the Centers 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. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.