Corey Stoll to Front FX’s Adaption of Del Toro’s The Strain

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house-of-cards-corey-stollIt goes without saying that Guillermo Del Toro is a busy man, always working on scripts and producing and of course directing. His most recent project, the aliens versus robots sci-fi thriller Pacific Rim, is set to hit theaters this summer and is sure to impress fans and critics alike. One venue that not many folks know that Del Toro has delved into is writing novels. His take on vampires, The Strain, which he co-wrote with Chuck Hogan, has won numerous accolades and ha been received well by fans. The trilogy of books went on to be developed into a graphic novels as well, printed by Dark Horse Comics and it will now be adapted into a television series for FX and we now know who will be the star.

Corey Stoll, of the acclaimed House of Cards, has signed on to play the lead role of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the CDC’s Canary team. Goodweather and his team are called into investigate the breakout of a virus that is reminiscent of an ancient strain of vampirism. This team, along with a rag-tag group of New Yorkers, band together to battle this new threat. Guillermo Del Toro wrote the script, along with Chuck Hogan, and will also direct the pilot. Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) will produce along with Del Toro.

 “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.”

Stoll had his break-out on NBC’s Law & Order: LA, and as mentioned earlier, impressed many on Netflix’s House of Cards series. Because of these roles, Stoll was one of the most sought-after television actors, essentially having his pick of the litter.

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Source : Deadline