Corey Stoll to Lead THE STRAIN, Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse’s FX Series

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The first bit of casting news for Guillermo del Toro’s FX series project, The Strain, is finally here!  It looks like Corey Stoll (House of Cards) will lead the vampire adaptation.  The Strain centers on a team of scientists who wage war against an ancient strain of virus that confers vampirism, along with those it infects.  Del Toro and Chuck Hogan - who both wrote the original trilogy of novels – have co-written the screenplay which del Toro will direct.  Hit the jump for more.

Corey Stoll The StrainA press release reports that Stoll will play the lead role of 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.  Here’s what del Toro had to say about landing their lead:

“To me, having the right lead for The Strain series was perhaps the most important creative task. 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.”

Stoll can next be seen in Jaume Collet-Serra’s actioner Non-Stop starring Liam Neeson and was recently cast in Shawn Levy’s This Is Where I Leave You, starring Timothy Olyphant, Jason Bateman and Rose Byrne.

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  • The Destroyer

    I imagined Ephraim older, because he has a kid and everything.

    • Marisa

      I’m a big fan of his work on House of Cards and while I can’t remember how old Ephraim’s kid was in the books on House of Cards Corey’s character has 2 kids that I would say are elementary/middle school age so it’s not a stretch based on his previous work.

    • lax01

      Do you remember how young Zach is? He’s like a little kid…it totally works.

      Can’t wait for this series…so glad Del Toro and Hogan are both attached.

  • Jay

    Even amongst the great cast line up on House of Cards, Corey was absolutely the highlight of the show for me. (Not to mention his great Hemingway in Midnight in Paris) I hope big parts come rolling in for him, because personally I’d love to see more.

  • lax01

    Do you remember how young Zach is? He\’s like a little kid…it totally works.

    Can\’t wait for this series…so glad Del Toro and Hogan are both attached.

  • lax01

    Do you remember how young Zach is? He\\\’s like a little kid…it totally works.

    Can\\\’t wait for this series…so glad Del Toro and Hogan are both attached.

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