FX has released some first look photos for a couple new series that the network is developing. The first two come from Guillermo del Toro‘s series The Strain. The other two come from the small screen adaptation of the Coen Brothers’ Fargo, which stars Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton.
The Strain is based on a trilogy of vampire novels by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, with the pilot episode being directed by the former.
The tale 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.
As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.
Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, and Miguel Gomez also star in the series which airs in July.
Fargo, set for this spring, will feature an all-new “true crime” story, following a new case and new characters, all entrenched in the trademark humor, murder and “Minnesota nice” that has made the film an enduring classic. As previously announced, Thornton stars as Lorne Malvo, a rootless, manipulative man who meets and forever changes the life of small town insurance salesman Lester Nygaard, played by Freeman. Hanks plays Duluth Police Deputy Gus Grimly, a single dad who must choose between his own personal safety when he comes face-to-face with a killer.
Rounding out the cast of recurring characters will be Bob Odenkirk as Deputy Bill Olson, a Bemidji deputy with seniority over his younger, smarter and more ambitious fellow deputy, Molly Solverson, played by Allison Tolman, who will be a series regular Oliver Platt will play Stavros Milos, the Supermarket King of Minnesota. Kate Walsh will star as Gina Hess, a former stripper and mother of teenaged twin boys. Glenn Howerton will play Don Chumph, an ambitious personal trainer. Joey King will play Gus’s daughter, Greta Grimly and Peter Breitmayer will play Lieutenant Schmidt, Gus’s superior officer. Tom Musgrave will portray Bo Munk, Lester’s boss at the Bo Munk Insurance Shop, and Josh Close will play Ron Nygaard, Lester’s younger and more successful brother. Russell Harvard and Adam Goldberg will play members of the Fargo Crime Syndicate, Mr. Wrench and Mr. Numbers, respectively – Mr. Wrench is the muscle. Mr. Numbers is the mouth.