Sean Astin Joins FX's 'The Strain' Pilot

By Jethro Nededog

LOS ANGELES ( - The latest to join FX's pilot, "The Strain," is a blast from entertainment's past.

The pilot's executive producer Carlton Cuse broke the news on Twitter on Tuesday evening.

The 42-year-old has been cast in the role of CDC team administrator, Jim Kent, the third member of the Canary Team triumvirate along with Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and Nora Martinez (Mia Maestro) who are charged with solving and containing the mysterious strain of vampirism that is sweeping over Manhattan.

Astin is best known for 1985's "Goonies" and "The Lord of the Rings" films.

Based on their books, del Toro and Chuck Hogan are co-writing the pilot script, with del Toro attached to direct. Cuse ("Lost," "Bates Motel") is executive producing and will oversee the project with del Toro. He will serve as showrunner if the pilot goes to series.