‘Lord of the Rings’ Star Sean Astin Joins FX Series ‘The Strain’

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By Jethro Nededog

The latest to join FX’s pilot, “The Strain,” is a blast from entertainment’s past.

The pilot’s executive producer Carlton Cuse broke the news on Twitter on Tuesday evening.

An FX spokesperson was unable to give details on the role at press time.

Astin joins the pilot’s stars Mia Maestro and Corey Stoll.

Del Toro and Hogan are co-writing the pilot script, with del Toro attached to direct. Cuse ("Lost," "Bates Motel") is executive producing and will oversee the project with del Toro. He will serve as showrunner if the pilot goes to series.

"The Strain" follows Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City, as he and his team investigate what appears to be an outbreak of vampirism. They soon need to fight for the fate of humanity itself.

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