Corey Stoll, the breakout star from the TV series House of Cards, finally landed with FX recently, after declining quite a number of offers this season from other networks.
FX is adapting Chuck Hogan and Guillermo del Toro’s novel The Strain for the small-screen.
The novel, which came out in 2009, centers on a virus that infects the city of New York and Ephraim Goodweather, the CDC doctor who leads the investigation. Hogan and Toro both will be writing the pilot with Carlton Cuse known for his works Lost and Bates Motel.
The pilot episode will be directed by Del Toro himself with Stoll playing the role of Goodweather, head of CDC’s Canary Team in New York. Goodweather is called to investigate the viral outbreak which is connected to a strain of vampirism. As it spreads, Goodweather will be leading a group of New Yorkers to defend humanity.
Del Toro was heard in saying that casting the right lead is always the most difficult creative task, and was quite happy after casting Stoll in the lead role. It is because the character of Goodweather anchors the whole narrative part of the story that requires both craft and talent, which he believes Stoll can do a great justice to.