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Katie Atkinson
June 17, 2013 AT 11:52 PM EDT

John Hurt has joined the cast of The Strain, the upcoming FX pilot based on the vampire novel trilogy by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. The 73-year-old British actor, who previously worked with del Toro on 2004’s Hellboy, will play holocaust survivor and professor Abraham Setrakian.

“I am incredibly happy to be reunited with John, who is one of the greatest actors in the world and one of my favorite people ever,” del Toro, who is set to direct and co-write the pilot, said in a statement. “Chuck and I always visualized him while writing The Strain novels and he is absolutely perfect for the part!”

While Hurt is best known for his Oscar-nominated performances in The Elephant Man and Midnight Express, he’s no stranger to television, starring in the BBC’s Alan Clark Diaries and HBO’s Recount.

Production on The Strain pilot begins in September.

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