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FX’s ‘The Strain’: Guillermo del Toro Vampire Drama Casts ’24′ Vet Roger Cross

FX The Strain Guillermo del Toro Roger Cross
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Going on months now, we've heard plenty of casting reports from FX's Guillermo del Toro-adapted vampire thriller 'The Strain,' though little in the way of a highly-anticipated series order. That process continues today, as '24' vet Roger Cross has been announced to join the massive ensemble in an action-heavy role, but as whom, you ask?

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Guillermo del Toro FX Pilot ‘The Strain’ Adds ‘Pacific Rim’ Star Robert Maillet as “Master” Villain

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We thought Guillermo del Toro's forthcoming FX horror adaptation pilot 'The Strain' had delivered its biggest casting with yesterday's addition of 'Lord of the Rings' star Sean Astin, but today has proven us literally wrong. Hulking 'Pacific Rim' star Robert Maillet has signed on to play the vampire thriller's major villain, so can a series order from FX be far behind?

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Guillermo del Toro FX Series ‘The Strain’ Adds Sean Astin

Guillermo del Toro The Strain FX Sean Astin Jim Kent
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Seriously, how has FX not picked this up to series yet? Guillermo del Toro certainly has much to prove at the box office this weekend with the release of 'Pacific Rim,' but his upcoming FX pilot adaptation of 'The Strain' is proving monstrous in its own right. 'Lord of the Rings' and 'Goonies' star Sean Astin is the latest high-profile star to join the cast, but will he prove friend or foe?

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FX’s ‘The Strain’ Adds John Hurt to Guillermo del Toro Series

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We were already on board with FX's forthcoming pilot adaptation of Guillermo del Toro's vampire novel series 'The Strain,' but the latest casting might prove its most inspired yet. 'Hellboy' and recent 'Doctor Who' star John Hurt has officially joined the cast in an important role, deepening the mystery of 'The Strain's lack of series order.

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FX’s ‘The Strain’: Guillermo del Toro Pilot Adds Another Series Regular, Still No Pickup

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FX's upcoming pilot 'The Strain' -- which comes from from visual master Guillermo del Toro's 2009 horror novel series -- is expected to receive a full season pickup,  thus has continued adding to its diverse cast. Joining the established regulars is relative newcomer Miguel Gomez, best known to American audiences for a role in the most recent season of 'Louie,' but who will Gomez play?

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FX’s ‘The Strain’: Guillermo del Toro Series Adds Two More Baddies

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Just yesterday we heard the news that FX's forthcoming vampire series adaptation of Guillermo del Toro's 2009 novel 'The Strain' had cast its female lead in 'Alias' alum Mia Maestro, and today FX continues to round out the cast. 'Titanic's Jonathan Hyde' and 'Inglorious Basterds' star Richard Sammel are the latest to join FX's buzzy 'Strain,' but what roles will the actors play?

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FX’s ‘The Strain’ Taps ‘Alias’ Star Mia Maestro as Female Lead

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A few weeks ago we finally started seeing progress on FX's adaptation of Guillermo del Toro vampire novel trilogy 'The Strain,' with the casting of 'House of Cards' breakout star Corey Stoll as the show's lead. Now, the production reports that 'Alias' alum Mia Maestro will join Stoll as the female lead of the series, but how close are we to seeing 'The Strain' finally get off the ground? Get the latest update on the series inside!

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Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Strain’: FX Pilot Finds ‘LOST’s’ Kevin Durand

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We heard the first major piece of news to come from FX's Guillermo del Toro adaptation of vampire novel series 'The Strain' the other day, namely that 'House of Cards' breakout Corey Stoll would take the leading role. Now, as the series moves closer to pilot production, former 'LOST' showrunner Carlton Cuse has cast his first island alum, tasking Kevin Durand (Martin Keamy!) with a major new role. Get a taste of 'The Strain' inside!

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Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Strain’: FX Taps ‘House of Cards’ Corey Stoll as Lead

Guillermo del Toro The Strain FX Corey Stoll
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Just yesterday we were wondering what had become of FX's Guillermo del Toro-helmed pilot 'The Strain,' after HBO announced their own del Toro project 'Monster,' and now we have our answer. 'House of Cards' breakout Corey Stoll has been tapped as the lead in the project, but will the vampire series move forward beyond its pilot order? Hear what FX has to say about a live-action 'The Strain' inside!

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Guillermo del Toro and ‘LOST’s Carlton Cuse Adapting Vampire Novel ‘The Strain’ for FX

Guillermo del Toro The Strain TV Series FX
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Man, with elements like that in the title, what more do you need to know?  Oh, alright.  With TV ever more the burgeoning medium these days, more and more prolific film names are getting into the development game.  Guillermo del Toro has certainly had his hands in a few TV pots, everything from the delayed 'Hulk' series to a new HBO venture, but could a new vampire series at FX with 'LOST' executive producer Carlton Cuse be the next big thing?  Get ready for a wildfire spread when 'The Strain' trilogy hits the tube!

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