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Robert Maillet and Francis Capra Cast in ‘The Strain’ Pilot

In brief: Further to yesterday’s news that Sean Astin had been signed up for a role in Guillermo del Toro’s FX Drama Pilot The Strain, Pacific Rim actor Robert Maillet has now been cast to play the main Strain villainous vampire The Master.

The Canadian former wrestler and actor, playing Lt. Kaidanosvsky in del Toro’s Pacific Rim, joins the ever-growing ensemble cast for the pilot being eyed for a 13-episode pickup by FX. In the novel of the same name, The Master flies over to New York from Europe aboard a plane to initiate his plan to take over the world.

Francis Capra (Eli ‘Weevil’ Navarro in Veronica Mars) has also been signed on to play Crispin, a mid-30s shyster always intent on finding the easiest and highest-paying escape from every situation.

Should the pilot be picked up, both Capra and Mailler will play recurring roles in the series.

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