One of the stars of the "Lord of the Rings" film series is joining a drama project that’s in the works at FX. Deadline.com reports that Sean Astin, who plays Samwise Gamgee in the "Rings" movies, has been cast in the pilot for "The Strain," directed by Guillermo del Toro.
It’s not clear which character Astin will play in the project, which is based on the vampire trilogy del Toro co-wrote with Chuck Hogan. The project, which stars Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro and John Hurt, tracks a doctor as he investigates a virus that’s an ancient strain of vampirism.
Sean Astin as Samwise Gamgee