THR is reporting just as day after announcing Mia Maestro has been cast as the female lead in Guillermo del Toro's "The Strain," two more cast members have been confirmed. "Titanic's" Jonathan Hyde and "Inglourious Basterds' Richard Sammel have just signed on to the FX show, based on del Toro's and Chuck Hogan's novel. (Horror comic fans will also know the Dark Horse series very well.)
According to THR," Hyde, who played Ismay in James Cameron's Titanic, will portray the series regular role of Eldritch Palmer, an elderly tycoon who's the third-richest man in the world who has been an invalid since childhood. Though his life-long fight against his frail body, he's developed a relentless drive to attain immortality by any means necessary. Sammel, meanwhile, will play Thomas Eichorst, a mysterious figure from Professor Abraham Setrakian's past whose re-emergence in New York is not a coincidence."