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.
A 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.