Whenever there’s some casting news for True Blood, fans immediately ponder on whether the new actor can pull off his or her character. And so far, creator Alan Ball has been successful in bringing in a brood of talents onboard, including Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica), Michelle Forbes (Maryann) and Allan Hyde (Godric) —all of whom have made the vampire series even more worth watching. But there’s another newbie heading to Bon Temps this season and she comes in the form of Evan Rachel Wood.
As reported previously, Wood, who is credited for her roles in Little Secrets and Thirteen, will make her True Blood debut towards the end of the sophomore season, specifically on the August 30 episode of the HBO series. And though she’ll only grace the final chapter of the season, she’s expected to play an integral part of the show —which means that she’ll be around when the vampire series returns for season 3.
“Nobody’s ever entirely happy to see her” character, Louisiana’s blood-sucker boss lady, Queen Sophie-Ann, according to Alan Ball. “She’s very powerful, capricious and most likely insane.”
Ball also adds that Queen Sophie-Ann “has more than one secret agenda, which we will slowly become aware of over season 3.”
I haven’t read any of the vampire mystery novels by Charlaine Harris and I don’t intend to since I don’t want to spoil my enjoyment of watching True Blood. But judging from Evan Rachel Wood’s photo as Queen Sophie-Ann, the 500-year-old vampire appears to be seductive as she is ruthless. Woods also seem like a good fit for the part given that she was cast in the short-lived horror satire American Gothic, taking on the recurring character Rose Russell.
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-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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