The Lord of the Rings star Sean Astin wishes to share the load of Guillermo del Toro’s TV series, The Strain, and has signed on to join the already impressive cast. Astin will join John Hurt, Corey Stoll, Kevin Durand, Richard Sammel, Mia Maestro, Lauren Lee Smith, Jonathan Hyde and Miguel Gomez.
Astin will play Jim Kent, the friend of CDC doctor Ephraim “Eph” Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and Dr. Nora Martinez (Mia Maestro), who works closely with Ephraim and winds up stumbling into an affair with him. Goodweather heads the CDC’s Canary Team and leads the New York-based investigation into a viral outbreak tied to vampirism.
Per The Hollywood Reporter: Kent is “a savvy and trustworthy guy who is an open political operative of the Canary Group, [and who] unknowingly betrays their friendship when he is coerced into releasing a cabinet out of quarantine that contains a potentially deadly virus.”
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.