House of Cards and Law & Order: LA alum Corey Stoll has been cast as the lead in FX’s drama pilot The Strain. Production on the pilot is slated to commence this September.
Based on Chuck Hogan’s best-selling vampire novel trilogy, The Strain follows Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself. The pilot was penned by Hogan and Guillermo del Toro, who is also directing. FX Productions is producing with Carlton Cuse, Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan and Gary Ungar serving as executive producers.
“To me, having the right lead for The Strain series was perhaps the most important creative task,” said del Toro. “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.”