Sean Astin Succumbs to FX's The Strain

FX Pilot The Strain Cast Sean AstinLord of the Rings vet Sean Astin has joined FX’s vampire-tinged drama pilot The Strain.

From Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) and big-screen helmer Guillermo del Toro (the Hellboy films, Pan’s Labyrinth), the high-concept thriller stars Corey Stoll (House of Cards) as Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of a Center for Disease Control team in New York City. Unexpectedly, the group is tasked with investigating a mysterious viral outbreak with the hallmarks of an ancient, evil strain of vampirism.

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Astin — whose recent TV credits include Alphas, Franklin & Bash and NCIS — plays a friend and colleague of Stoll’s character and Alias vet Mia Maestro’s leading lady, per The Hollywood Reporter. John Hurt (Merlin) also co-stars.

Cuse first announced the casting news via Twitter.

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  1. Kristin says:

    I am super excited for this show!

  2. Teag says:

    Wow! That is awesome news! Just recently rewatched LOTR trilogy extended edition and he (and everything else in it) is excellent.

  3. Sean Astin was also in the fifth season of 24.

  4. LynnH says:

    I’ve loved Sean Astin since The Goonies. Will definitely be watching this one. Not crazy about the title, though.

  5. mb says:

    Re recent tv work, Astin is currently doing the voice of Raphael on Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

  6. CS Glo says:

    Have to say.
    Didn’t love the books series is based on.

  7. Jace says:

    I enjoyed the first and was OK with the second, but I have never despised a book more than I did the last one.

  8. Dan says:

    I’m with you, Jace. Loved the first one, thought the second was pretty good, but was REALLY disappointed in the final book. It kind of veered off in a completely different direction and didn’t feel true to the series, IMO.

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