John Hurt joins vampire sci-fi series The Strain

News Louisa Mellor 19 Jun 2013 - 08:00

If Guillermo del Toro's sci-fi vampire show The Strain is green-lit, John Hurt will be a series regular...

UPDATE: John Hurt will no longer be appearing in The Strain, his role having been replaced by David Bradley.

Here's another piece of foolscap to pin up on our CSI-style Doctor Who series eight evidence wall: John Hurt has signed up as a potential series regular on a new show that begins filming in Toronto this September. Does that mean we assume his role in the Who fiftieth anniversary episode stops there?

Hurt is reuniting with his Hellboy director on The Strain, based on Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's book trilogy of the same name. It's only at the pilot stage at present, but if The Strain goes to series, Hurt will be taking on the regular role of Professor Abraham Setrakian, "a holocaust survivor who immigrated to the United States after World War II and now runs a pawn shop in Spanish Harlem". When a team of scientists do battle with an ancient strain of virus that turns people into vampires, Hurt's character "may be the only one with answers - if anyone will listen".

If The Strain goes beyond its del Toro-directed pilot, Lost's Carlton Cruse will take over showrunner duties. Read the official synopsis below:

The Strain is a high concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City.  He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism.  When Eph realizes that this isn’t some new bioterror weapon, but something much older, something outside the reach of science, he teams with Abraham to fight back.  As a plague of hungry and intelligent predators overwhelms New York, Eph, Abraham and a motley crew of everyday New Yorkers form a ragtag resistance – fighting monsters in the streets and in their homes, waging a war for the fate of humanity itself.

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So we know he's not the next Doctor Who then...that's one actor out of the running at least.

A del Toro vampire TV show with John Hurt. My money. Take it.

The next Doctor! there is no Doctor who

I wouldn't be surprised if John Hurt ends up dying in the series. People go on about Sean Bean dying in everything but Hurt has died even more.

A TV show with involvement from Carlton Cuse? Count me out.

You know, it's so popular to rag on Lost these days, and I'll be the first to admit that the last season was bad. It was always going to be, though. Any TV show that builds itself on compelling mystery is going to struggle to have the same amount of passion in the answers, it's a fact of human nature that we're more interested in questions than answers. For every other season, though, it built a rich, complex, interesting and most of all innovative world with real characters and real mysteries.

You'll be able to throw up a handful of things it did badly, I'm sure - there were a bunch of them, and every 100+ hour show has a bunch of things done badly - but I've said it before and I'll say it again, taken as a whole, Lost is a great TV show and I stand by that statement.

Enjoyed reading the books, so I'll be intrigued to see what they do with this. It was obvious it would be turned into a movie/TV show, but I always imagined Goodweather would be played by someone like Jeff Goldblum. Hopefully it will be on one of the cable channels, because it's pretty dark. Would hate a PG-13 version.

I loved the first half of the first book but found the second book rather dull. Does the third book get better/wrap things up impressively?

The third book was pretty dark if i remember correctly. I wouldn't say it was perfect, but it was a lot better than the second one.

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