FX's The Strain Pilot Adds Merlin's John Hurt

The Strain Season 1 Cast John HurtJohn Hurt is planning to sink his teeth into The Strain, FX’s vampire-virus pilot.

Hurt will play Professor Abraham Setrakian, a Holocaust survivor who emigrated to America after World War II. His character runs a pawn shop in Spanish Harlem and may be the only one with answers once the bloodsucking virus breaks out.

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The project will serve as a reunion for director/co-writer Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) and Hurt, who appeared in del Toro’s Hellboy films.

The Strain stars Corey Stoll (House of Cardsas Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of a Center for Disease Control team in New York City that is tasked with investigating a mysterious viral outbreak with the hallmarks of an ancient, evil strain of vampirism. Mia Maestro (Alias) co-stars, and Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) executive-produces.

Hurt’s prolific career includes roles in V for Vendetta, the Harry Potter films and Merlin; he’s also on tap to appear in Doctor Who‘s upcoming 50th anniversary special. 

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  1. Roy Hayes says:

    I loved the books and if done right,The seies could be a winner.I think Hurt will be a great fit for the roll.I hope it is picked up when finished.

  2. dee123 says:

    So to TVLine all John Hurt has done is voiced an animated dragon? Really?

    • Lauren says:

      I see other roles mentioned in the last sentence?

      • EWJ says:

        Yeah but Dee is right it’s weird that they name Merlin in the title as if that is such a big thing. It was an awesome show and he did a great Kilgharrah, but he has such a wonderful list of work in which we actually and could recognize his face, the choice is a bit weird…

      • Eli says:

        True, but it’s still an odd pick to put behind his name.

  3. jasie says:

    If done right this series will be amazing.

  4. you know says:

    sup doc? can’t wait!

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