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UPDATE: John Hurt will no longer be appearing in The Strain, his role having been replaced by David Bradley.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