Wow, this one’s moving right on along, isn’t it? Kevin Durand (pictured above; “Lost”, Dark Was The Night) is joining the TV adaptation of Guillermo del Toro’s vampire novel trilogy “The Strain” with Carlton Cuse (“Bates Motel”) as showrunner. Per Variety, Durand will play “ a second-generation Ukranian-American, a once-solitary rat exterminator who eagerly joins the war against vampires who have invaded New York.”
As reported yesterday, Corey Stoll (“House Of Cards”) will be playing the lead of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather. The project already has a full writing staff in place churning out scripts, and FX has committed $500,000 to creature creation
The book is “a high-concept thriller that tells the story of 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.”
Del Toro will direct the pilot (he co-wrote the script with Chuck Hogan).