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[TV] Guillermo del Toro’s “The Strain” Casts Up

“Breaking Dawn‘s” Mia Maestro, pictured, is set to star opposite Corey Stoll in FX‘s high-profile drama project “The Strain,” from filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and veteran showrunner Carlton Cuse, Deadline reports.

“The Strain,” an adaptation of del Toro’s vampire novel trilogy, formally has a pilot order, but is being eyed for a 13-episode series pickup.

“The Strain is a high-concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Stoll), the head of the Centers 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. Actress-singer Maestro, repped by ICM Partners and 3 Arts, plays Dr. Nora Martinez, who works so closely with Ephraim, they finish each other’s sentences and stumble into an affair. A brilliant biochemist, Martinez cares more about people than the diseases that threaten them, but she will soon be forced to embrace a new identity as a ruthless warrior.

Del Toro will direct the pilot from a script he co-wrote with Chuck Hogan, who also co-authored the books with del Toro. Cuse, who helped develop the adaptation, executive produces alongside del Toro and will serve as showrunner, overseeing the potential series with del Toro. Hogan and Gary Ungar also serve as exec producers of the project, produced by FX Prods.

This marks a return to series television for Alias alumna Maestro, who will next be seen in starring in the indie Some Girls, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival.



  • chambertlo

    I am equal parts excited and apprehensive to see just how faithful the series will be to the novels. The books are some of my favorite vampire novels of all time, and I am glad that they are doing them justice by not restricting them to a 1.5 hour movie. They could easily get three seasons from the events of the book, and although it only says 13-episodes, I hope that GDT has as much input as possible as to how the novels will be adapted.

  • doomas10

    The books are awesome with some truly terrifying and bleak scenes. Cannot wait to see if they will keep the same levels of gore. Plus a dark vampire series that does not emphasize at the sexuality, would be a great addition. I want my vampires terrifying and scary. Awaiting mode

    • djblack1313

      hi Doomas! i’m really hopeful/excited for this. it sounds awesome!

      • doomas10

        Welcome djblack! Haven’t seen you around lately! Yes if you like books and haven”t read them so far, I suggest you give them a try 🙂

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