Photo: Mia Maestro Cast in Guillermo del Toro's FX Series 'The Strain'
Last fall it was announced horror king Guilleremo del Toro was turning his vampire novel trilogy into a series for FX. Casting has now begun for the upcoming series and Mia Maestro has reportedly signed on.
“The Strain” was written by del Toro and Chuck Hogan and was picked up for an initial 13-episode run for FX.
The story revolves around a vampiric virus that infects New York and quickly spreads. Dr. Ephraim “Eph” Goodweather, head of the Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, is joined by former professor Abraham Setrakian and a group of fighters to stop the contagion and save the city.
The Argentina-born actress will take on the role of brilliant biochemist Dr Nora Martinez who works closely with Dr. Goodweather, perhaps too closely.
She most recently played the vampire Carmen of the Denali coven in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn 1 and 2. Maestro’s cover of “Lloverá” also appeared on the soundtrack for Part 1. She has also had roles on “Alias” (2004-2006), Poseidon (2006) and White Collar (2012).
In the fall, Del Toro spoke with Deadline, saying he “believes the books have enough juice to fill three to five seasons,” much like “Lost”, which was also always meant to be a limited-run venture.
In fact, Lost’s Carlton Cuse will help develop “The Strain”, and will be working as executive producer and showrunner.
The drama/horror series will be directed and executive produced by del Toro.