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24’s Leslie Hope Battles FX’s Strain

August 13, 2013 Leave a comment
 NCIS Season 11 Cast Leslie Hope24 vet Leslie Hope has succumbed to The Strain, FX’s Guillermo del Toro-helmed drama pilot, TVLine has learned exclusively.

From Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) and Del Toro (the Hellboy films, Pan’s Labyrinth), the high-concept thriller stars Corey Stoll (House of Cards) as Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of a Center for Disease Control team in New York City. Unexpectedly, the group is tasked with investigating a mysterious viral outbreak with the hallmarks of an ancient, evil strain of vampirism.

Hope, whose recent TV credits include NBC’s Revolution and ABC’s short-lived The River, will play Joan Luss, one of the few survivors of the outbreak. If the project lands a series order — a fait accompli, for all intents and purposes — Hope’s character would recur.

As TVLine reported, Hope is set to guest star on NCIS this fall as a high-level Navy official.

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Sean Astin Succumbs to FX’s The Strain

July 10, 2013 Leave a comment

Lord of the Rings vet Sean Astin has joined FX’s vampire-tinged drama pilot The Strain.

From Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) and big-screen helmer Guillermo del Toro (the Hellboy films, Pan’s Labyrinth), the high-concept thriller stars Corey Stoll (House of Cards) as Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of a Center for Disease Control team in New York City. Unexpectedly, the group is tasked with investigating a mysterious viral outbreak with the hallmarks of an ancient, evil strain of vampirism.

Astin — whose recent TV credits include Alphas, Franklin & Bash and NCIS — plays a friend and colleague of Stoll’s character and Alias vet Mia Maestro’s leading lady, per The Hollywood Reporter. John Hurt (Merlin) also co-stars.

Cuse first announced the casting news via Twitter.

 

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FX’s The Strain Pilot Adds Merlin’s John Hurt

June 18, 2013 Leave a comment

John Hurt is planning to sink his teeth into The Strain, FX’s vampire-virus pilot.

Hurt will play Professor Abraham Setrakian, a Holocaust survivor who emigrated to America after World War II. His character runs a pawn shop in Spanish Harlem and may be the only one with answers once the bloodsucking virus breaks out.

The project will serve as a reunion for director/co-writer Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) and Hurt, who appeared in del Toro’s Hellboy films.

The Strain stars Corey Stoll (House of Cards) as Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of a Center for Disease Control team in New York City that is tasked with investigating a mysterious viral outbreak with the hallmarks of an ancient, evil strain of vampirism. Mia Maestro (Alias) co-stars, and Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) executive-produces.

Hurt’s prolific career includes roles in V for Vendetta, the Harry Potter films and Merlin; he’s also on tap to appear in Doctor Who‘s upcoming 50th anniversary special.

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