John Hurt has been cast in Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming vampire TV series, The Strain. Hurt, who appeared in Del Toro’s 2004 classic, Hellboy, is expected to play the co-lead in the series opposite Corey Stoll.
Stoll will play Dr Ephraim Goodweather who is New York’s head of the Center for Disease Control’s “Canary Team.” The team investigates the appearance of a mysterious virus and band together with everyday New Yorkers in order to combat the growing threat against humanity. Lost’s Carlton Cuse is on-board as showrunner, and when first announced, he said of the series “These are very scary vampires. These are not romantic vampires. They will give you nightmares.”
Hurt will play Professor “Abraham Setrakian,” a holocaust survivor who immigrated to the United States after World War II and now runs a pawn shop in Spanish Harlem. As the outbreak spreads, he may be the only one with answers – if anyone will listen.
Kevin Durand, Richard Sammel, Lauren Lee Smith, Jonathan Hyde and Miguel Gomez will all co-star.
The 13 episode series is adapted from del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s own graphic novels.
Synopsis for the books (courtesy of Amazon)
A plane lands at JFK and mysteriously ‘goes dark’, stopping in the middle of the runway for no apparent reason, all lights off, all doors sealed. The pilots cannot be raised. When the hatch above the wing finally clicks open, it soon becomes clear that everyone on board is dead — although there is no sign of any trauma or struggle. Ephraim Goodweather and his team from the Center for Disease Control must work quickly to establish the cause of this strange occurrence before panic spreads. The first thing they discover is that four of the victims are actually still alive. But that’s the only good news. And when all two hundred corpses disappear from various morgues around the city on the same night, things very rapidly get worse. Soon Eph and a small band of helpers will find themselves battling to protect not only their own loved ones, but the whole city, against an ancient threat to humanity.