Regina King (pictured) and Melanie Merkosky are set to join the cast of The Strain. Guillermo del Toro is directing the pilot for The Strain which kicks off next July.
According to Deadline, King is playing Ruby Wain "the smart and accomplished manager of philandering rock star Gabriel Bolivar." Merkosky will play Sean Astin's wife on the show.
The tale is a high concept thriller that tells the story of “Dr. Ephraim Goodweather” (Corey Stoll), the head of the Center 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. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself. Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, and Miguel Gomez also star.