Hot off his advertising spree for Pacific Rim and prior to a (wishful thinking) Hellboy 3 announcement – Guillermo del Toro is working on the pilot for his upcoming television show The Strain. While it is still just a pilot for FX, del Toro’s work is a hot commodity right now and I’m pretty sure with his name attached this is a show that will see the light of day.

So what has he been up to with it? Well it looks as if a bit of casting was done. Guillermo didn’t have to look far to cast the main villain of the series known only as The Master either. In fact, it looks as if he decided to just take Robert Maillet who he had just worked with on ‘Pacific Rim’ and sign him up for the role!

The Master is an ancient vampire who is describes as “Evil that has nested in secret and darkness, feasting on human suffering until now, emerging from the shadows to force a new world order.”

So he’s got that going from him. If you haven’t seen Pacific Rim yet you might likely recognize him from ‘Sherlock Holmes’, ‘300’, or previews for the upcoming ‘Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters‘ film.

While ‘The Strain’ is still in the casting and pilot stages, it’s a show I really want to see picked up. With Guillermo del Toro attached and the show on FX, it’s going to have an amazingly visual and gritty feel. Add in casting choices such as John Hurt (too many great roles to choose from), Corey Stoll (‘The Bourne Legacy’), and Sean Austin (‘Lord of the Rings’) and you can’t help but feel this is going to be a well put together show.

What’s The Strain About?

An epic battle for survival begins between man and vampire in The Strain—the first book in a heart-stopping trilogy from one of Hollywood’s most inventive storytellers and a critically acclaimed thriller writer. Guillermo del Toro, the genius director of the Academy Award-winning Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy, and Hammett Award-winning author Chuck Hogan have joined forces to boldly reinvent the vampire novel. Brilliant, blood-chilling, and unputdownable, The Strain is a nightmare of the first order.


Source:  The Wrap