Michelle Veintimilla to Appear on ABC’s David E. Kelley Drama Series “Big Sky”

The (big) sky’s the limit for Michelle Veintimilla.

The 28-year-old Latina actress has landed a recurring role on David E. Kelley’s hit freshman ABC drama series Big Sky.

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Veintimilla’s character will be introduced in the back half of Season 1.

The crime thriller series, created by Kelley based on C.J Box’s book, follows private detective Cassie Dewell, played by Kylie Bunbury, and ex-cop Jenny Hoyt, played by Katheryn Winnick, who join forces to search for two sisters who have been kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote highway in Montana. But when they discover that these are not the only girls who have disappeared in the area, they must race against the clock to stop the killer before another woman is taken.

Veintimilla will play Rosie Amaya, the tough as nails daughter of Gil Amaya, the Kleinsasser family’s ranch manager. Rosie grew up close to Blake Kleinsasser, who taught her the ropes of cattle-ranching. Rosie will play a pivotal role in Dewell and Hoyt’s investigation into Lochsa county and unraveling its darkest secrets.

Produced by 20th Century Fox Television in association with A+E Studios, the series also stars Brian Geraghty as Ronald Pergman, Dedee Pfeiffer as Denise Brisbane, Natalie Alyn Lind as Danielle Sullivan, Jade Pettyjohn as Grace Sullivan, Jesse James Keitel as Jerrie and Valerie Mahaffey as Helen Pergman.

Veintimilla most recently starred as Vanessa Sanchez on ABC’s The Baker and the Beauty, and next stars opposite Corey Stoll in Stephen Belber’s upcoming film, What We Do Next. She played the daughter of Salma Hayek and Alec Baldwin in the comedy Drunk Parents, starred in Netflix’s limited series Seven Seconds and had recurring roles in Neil LaBute’s series The I-Land and as the super villain Firefly on Fox’s Gothamamong other credits.

FX Renews del Toro’s “The Strain,” Starring Mia Maestro, for Third Season

Guillermo del Toro will be strained for another year…

FX has picked up the 50-year-old Mexican filmmaker and producer’s horror drama The Strain for a third season.

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The announcement comes only four weeks into the show’s sophomore season.

A breakout hit when it launched last summer, The Strain has been down in the ratings in Season 2 but continues to be strong in the adults 18-49 demo and delivers solid DVR gains each week. The second episode posted 2.6 million viewers in Live+3 and 1.5 million adults 18-49.

The thriller, from del Toro and Carlton Cuse, is based on the best-selling The Strain Trilogy by del Toro and Chuck Hogan.

“Guillermo and Carlton have delivered two thrilling seasons of The Strain that are captivating and visually arresting, doing justice to the original novel trilogy and meeting fans’ high expectations in the process,” said FX’s Eric Schrier.

In the current second season, New York City is rapidly falling to an evil epidemic, and no one is coming to its rescue. Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and his unlikely allies tried to take down the embodiment of this evil — the Master — and failed. Now Eph and Dr. Nora Martinez (Mia Maestro) are concentrating on creating a biological weapon to wipe out the creatures, while Abraham Setrakian (David Bradley) searches for an ancient book he hopes will reveal the strigoi’s entire history…and possibly a way to kill them.

The third season of The Strain will air next summer.

 

FX Releases Teaser Clip for del Toro’s Vampire Drama “The Strain”

It appears that Guillermo del Toro’s latest project is going to the rats…

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FX has released a cryptic viral video for the 49-year-old Mexican filmmaker’s upcoming vampire drama for the network The Strain.

The clip, which features a massive rat infestation in New York City, debuted during the midseason finale of AMC‘s The Walking Dead. The handheld footage features rats heading into a sewer and inside what appears to be a courthouse before ending abruptly.

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FX declined to comment on the promo — posted to YouTube by a fan site — The Hollywood Reporter sources say the mysterious spot is definitely the first promo for del Toro’s drama.

The series centers on a vampire virus that infects New York and the CDC doctor, Ephraim “Eph” Goodweather (Corey Stoll), who investigates the case. Goodweather, the head of the CDC’s Canary Team in New York, is called upon to investigate a viral outbreak connected to an evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph will lead a team of New Yorkers as it wages a war and defends humanity.

del Toro and Chuck Hogan, who co-wrote the three-book series on which the show is based, co-penned the pilot, with Bates Motel‘s Carlton Cuse serving as showrunner.

del Toro directed the pilot, which hails from FX Productions.

The Strain debuts next July.

FX Orders 13-Episode Season of del Toro’s Vampire Series “The Strain”

Guillermo del Toro’s latest television project will most certainly be getting airtime…

The 49-year-old Mexican filmmaker’s The Strain, which is based on del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s vampire novel trilogy, has received a series pick up at FX with a 13-episode order.

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The Strain is a high-concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Centers for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called on 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.

The cast includes Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland and Miguel Gomez.

“This is an epic story with stunning visuals and remarkable acting,” said FX’s Eric Schrier and Nick Grad. “The Strain totally re-imagines and re-invents the genre.”

FX had landed the project in a bidding war months ago, hiring a full writing staff and committing $500,000 to creature creation.

The Strain will now head into production on its first season, with the majority of the show’s scripts already completed.

There’s also a major casting change… The role of Professor Abraham Setrakian, played in the pilot by John Hurt, is being recast.

Filming is slated to begin this month in Toronto for a July premiere.

FX’s plans to run for 39-65 episodes for the series.

Maestro to Star in Guillermo del Toro’s FX Drama Pilot “The Strain”

Mia Maestro will be feeling the strain of Hollywood…

The 34-year-old Argentine actress and singer-songwriter has signed on to star opposite Corey Stoll in Guillermo del Toro’s FX drama pilot The Strain.

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A television adaptation of del Toro’s vampire novel trilogy, The Strain is being eyed for a 13-episode series pickup.

The high-concept thriller tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (portrayed by Stoll), the head of the Centers 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.

Maestro will portray Dr. Nora Martinez, who works so closely with Ephraim, they finish each other’s sentences and stumble into an affair. A brilliant biochemist, Martinez cares more about people than the diseases that threaten them, but she will soon be forced to embrace a new identity as a ruthless warrior.

del Toro will direct the pilot from a script he co-wrote with Chuck Hogan, who also co-authored the books with del Toro.

This marks a return to series television Maestro, who previously starred in the Jennifer Garner series Alias.

The The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn actress will next be seen in starring in the indie Some Girls, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival.

del Toro Casts the Leading Men for His FX Drama Project “The Strain”

Guillermo del Toro has found the leading men for his sizzling drama project for FX

Lost actor Kevin Durand will star opposite Corey Stoll in The Strain, from the 48-year-old Mexican filmmaker and former Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse.

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del Toro will direct the pilot from a script he co-wrote with Chuck Hogan based on the pair’s vampire novel trilogy.

The Strain is described as a high-concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Stoll), the head of the Centers 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.

Durand will play Vasily Fet, a second-generation Ukrainian-American and rat exterminator by trade, enthusiastically joins the war against the vampires who have invaded New York. Under the mentorship of a wizened vampire hunter from Eastern Europe, Fet discovers his once solitary life now has vitality and meaning.

The Strain continues gaining traction at the network.