'True Blood' Crowns its King


All hail the king! Move over Queen Sophie-Anne, there's another royalt presence next season. True Blood has cast Tony winner Denis O'Hare to fill the shoes of the King of Mississippi, marking the first casting news for the third season of the HBO series.


Denis O'Hare may not ring a bell for most of you but you've probably seen the veteran actor on several occasions. He has appeared as a guest star on several episodes of Law & Order and its spin-offs, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He has also most notably appeared on 10 episodes of Brothers & Sisters, and graced movies such as 21 Grams, Garden State, Half Nelson, Milk and Charlie Wilson's War.


On stage, though, O'Hare has earned a name for himself with his award winning Tony performance in Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out, where his character's lengthy monologues, in which he slowly falls in love with the game of baseball, were considered the main reason for his award. He also won the 2005 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for his role as Oscar Lindquist in the Broadway revival of Sweet Charity.


It looks like O'Hare, whose character's name is Russell Edgington, will play a pretty big role on True Blood since he'll be one of the regulars for the new season. He's also expected to make his debut early on. There's no word yet on how far the series will deviate from the books, but based on the Charlaine Harris novels, Russell is described as the perfect southern gentleman who prefers men.


Does this mean the show is heading to Mississippi next season? What causes the appearance of the king? And what does this mean for Queen Sophie-Anne? Let me know what you think below!


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Sep 18, 2009 4:50AM EDT

Is anyone else excited about this? I knew True Blood had taste, even after the ERW fail.

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