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John Hurt has officially joined the cast of FX Channel’s upcoming “The Strain” TV series, based on the horror trilogy by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Del Toro and Hogan are set to produce and co-write the pilot episode, which del Toro will direct.
Hurt will play the pivotal role of Abraham Setrakian, who is one of the first people to try to alert the masses about the impending vampire invasion. Setrakian is described as “a holocaust survivor who immigrated to the United States after World War II and now runs a pawn shop in Spanish Harlem. As the outbreak spreads, he may be the only one with answers – if anyone will listen.”
The Strain is a high concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, 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. When Eph realizes that this isn’t some new bioterror weapon, but something much older, something outside the reach of science, he teams with Abraham to fight back. As a plague of hungry and intelligent predators overwhelms New York, Eph, Abraham and a motley crew of everyday New Yorkers form a ragtag resistance – fighting monsters in the streets and in their homes, waging a war for the fate of humanity itself.
Hurt joins Corey Stoll, Kevin Durand, Mia Maestro, Richard Sammel, Lauren Lee Smith, Jonathan Hyde and Miguel Gomez on the show.
“The Strain” is set to shoot later this year in September up north in Toronto, which will be standing in for New York City.