The Strain News: FX's Vampire Show Is Recasting One Of The Main Characters For Season 2

By Donyae Coles , Updated Jan 09, 2015 11:30 AM EST

The Strain is returning for its second season but it's one familiar face less, as one of the major roles in the series has been recast with a new actor.

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The part of Zach Goodweather, Ephraim Goodweather's son, will not be played by Ben Hyland any longer. Instead, Max Charles (who played young Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man) will be taking up the part. Deadline spoke with showrunner and producer Carlton Cuse who said, "We recast this part due to some specific story needs we have downstream. We are sad to see Ben go. He is a very talented actor and a wonderful person. We will all miss him and thank him for his great work."

This may not seem like such a big deal but this wasn't some kid in the background that needed to stay five years old for a long period of time. Zach was a pretty central figure in the story line and was involved in many of the key plot points.

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In short, when season two airs, fans of the first season will probably notice the difference. With everything else that has been happening in regards to the new parasitic vampire menace and the hunt for the master, it is easy to forget that there are also these overreaching themes of family and togetherness.

I mean, the vampires have a homing beacon for family members. Family is a big deal.

The Strain is the Guillermo del Toro take on the vampire apocalypse. The infection based vampires rewrite the entire mythology surrounding them. Although they remain immortal, they're not exactly the sexy beasts we're all used to. They're more of a pale, hairless horror story.

Season two of The Strain is currently in production.

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