Carlton Cuse (Producer/Writer – Bates Motel, Lost) has tweeted details that actor Sean Astin has signed on for the Guillermo del Toro/FX pilot episode of The Strain.
We are thrilled to have the amazing Sean Astin join the cast of THE STRAIN.
— Carlton Cuse (@CarltonCuse) July 10, 2013
Del Toro is attached to direct the pilot and is also co-writing with author Chuck Hogan, adapting the show from their successful trilogy of vampire novels. The story follows Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (, head of the Centers for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. The high-concept vampire drama series, already boasting a top notch cast of Corey Stoll (playing Ephraim Goodweather), Mia Maestro and John Hurt, adds Astin to the list to take on the role of CDC team administrator, Jim Kent, the third member of the Canary Team triumvirate. Although best known for his roles as Mikey in The Goonies and Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings franchise, Astin is no newcomer to the world of television having taken on long-term roles in series such as 24 and Jeremiah.
Cuse is executive producing the pilot and will oversee the project with del Toro. Providing the pilot is picked up for a full series, he will serve as showrunner.