22 November 2013 7:15 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

If you watched the stellar "Broadchurch," you'll surely recognize the expressive face of David Bradley, who has just signed on for a key role in FX's upcoming "The Strain," replacing the equally recognizable John Hurt.

The casting switch was announced just one day after FX gave a series order for the project, which is executive produced by "Bates Motel's" Carlton Cuse. Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan (co-authors of the novel on which the show is based) co-wrote the pilot, which del Toro also directed.

Cuse will serve as showrunner and writer. Gary Ungar will also executive produce the FX Productions series.

The story centers on 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. As the strain spreads, »

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