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.
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.