Earlier this year we were really thrilled to find out that The Strain, the vampire horror trilogy written by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, is being made into a TV series, which we cannot wait to start watching. Del Toro and Hogan are writing the screenplay and Del Toro has been confirmed as the director.
We’ve been getting regular updates on who is going to play who and were thrilled to see the most recent announcement that John Hurt will play one of the main characters, Dr Abraham Setrakian. Hurt is such a wonderful actor, we can’t wait to see his take on the Holocaust survivor / pawn shop owner / vampire slayer. Another exciting recent addition was Sean Astin (Sam in The Hobbit!), who will play Jim Kent, a member of the team fighting the virus.
In case you haven’t read the trilogy (now is definitely the time to start reading!), it starts off with a plane landing at JKF airport. All of the doors are sealed, the lights are off, and no one on board is responding to calls from air control. Once the doors are opened, a team of scientists are brought in to find out what has happened as almost everyone on board is dead from a mysterious virus. Four of the victims are actually still alive, but that’s the only good news. And when corpses start disappearing from morgues around the city, things start to go from bad to worse… it’s gripping stuff!
So far, there isn’t a release date beyond ‘2014’, but filming is due to start later on this year, so watch this space!