When it comes to the undead, pop culture has largely shifted its focus from vampires to zombies. The Walking Dead remains a massive hit for AMC, and properties such as Warm Bodies and In the Flesh have taken the basic zombie concept and added a post-modern twist or two. Well, if anybody’s going to put vampires back in the spotlight, Guillermo del Toro is just the man for the job. FX’s The Strain, based on a trilogy of books co-written by del Toro and Chuck Hogan, looks to help us forget True Blood’s camp vamps and Twilight’s sparkling emo douchebags by making vampires scary again. And while FX isn’t showing off The Strain’s vampires just yet, they have let Yahoo TV premiere several new character photos.
The images show off four of the show’s cast. From top to bottom we’ve got Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, and David Bradley. Stoll, seen up top, has been seen recently in the Liam Neeson thriller Non-Stop, and fans of Netflix’s House of Cards will recognize him as Rep. Peter Russo. Now with hair! In The Strain, Stoll plays Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, a CDC scientist tasked with investigating a viral outbreak that looks uncomfortably like vampirism.