Casting News – Nora

November 3, 2011 in Secondary Characters, True Blood

According to TVline, it looks like Lucy Griffiths will be playing Nora, Godric’s other progeny and Eric’s sister, introduced in these casting calls here.

Griffiths is most well known for her role as Marian in BBC’s Robin Hood, – You know,.. the version where Marian wore pants.

I can’t say I found her to be a stellar actress on that show, but her character was endearing. To be honest, I think she’s kind of adorable.

What do you think of this casting news and does this make you more interested in Season 5?

… even just a little bit?

5.01 – Major Casting Call

October 27, 2011 in Episodes, True Blood

A huge casting call has appeared for Episode 1 of season 5, entitled “Turn, Turn, Turn”.

Oh Hai, Vampire Tara?

Thanks to Bookies Love True Blood on Facebook.

Episode #501, “Turn! Turn! Turn!”

[RIKKI] In her mid 20s, a dirty-beautiful werewolf, she demands to know what’s become of the pack leader…RECURRING
[J.D.] 50s, a particularly large Marine-type werewolf, he refuses to bow down before the new pack leader…1 speech, 1 scene RECURRING
[ANNIE] In her late 40s, maybe 50, she’s a powerful, respected werewolf within the pack due to her late son’s position. She’s determined to perform a particular ritual…RECURRING
[JUDGE CLEMENTS] 50ish, corrupt, a former athlete whose body has been neglected, this judge radiates power and uses his position to get a speeding ticket for his son fixed…3 speeches & 2 lines, 1 scene POSSIBLE RECURRING
[ROCKY] 16, Caucasian, a hunter, he is Holly’s (Lauren Bowles) eldest son who doesn’t think very highly of Holly…7 lines, 1 scene POSSIBLE RECURRING
[WADE] 14, Caucasian, a hunter, he is Holly’s (Lauren Bowles) youngest son who is still willing to give Holly the benefit of the doubt…5 lines, 1 scene POSSIBLE RECURRING (22)
[DANIELLE] This female werewolf wonders how much longer a prisoner is going to last under interrogation…1 line, 1 scene POSSIBLE RECURING
[KENNETH] This male werewolf thinks a prisoner is stubborn and may not crack soon…1 line, 1 scene (40) POSSIBLE RECURRING
[CAT] 40, a vampire with no sense of humor, she’s part of an underground railroad for vampires…2 lines, 1 scene POSSIBLE RECURRING
[CAMMY] This sorority girl with an especially hot body takes a liking to Jason (Ryan Kwanten) at a party and assumes they’ll be having sex…GUEST STAR
[ZANDER] A particularly handsome frat boy, he feels an instant attraction to Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) at a party. They enjoy playing Rock Band 3 and singing a Jimi Hendrix song together…
[FRAT BOY #1] This frat boy enjoys playing drinking games at a party…3 lines, 2 scenes
[SORORITY GIRL #1] She attends a house party and declares Jessica the coolest vampire she’s ever met…3 lines, 2 scenes
[HAYES] A large vampire of Eastern European descent, he is dispatched by the Authority to give the True Death to some other vampires…3 lines, 2 scenes
[BUDDY] In his early 20s, a road crew member and a friend of Hoyt’s, he mocks Jason with the other guys…2 lines, 1 scene
[TEAM CAPTAIN #2 / DONNIE] Seen in flashback, this 6th grade boy bullies Sookie and is very angry and disturbed when she reveals something private about his life…3 lines, 1 scene
[TEAM CAPTAIN #1] Seen in flashback, this 12-year-old boy is a bully who doesn’t pick Sookie for his kick ball team…1 line, 1 scene.

Season 5 Casting News

October 18, 2011 in Eric Northman, Secondary Characters, True Blood

If you feel almost ready to drag yourselves out of your Season 4 PTSD-state for a moment, the first interesting casting calls are out for Season 5.

[SALOME] 20 to 40. THE Salome from the Bible. Dark haired with dark features, exotic looking, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and /or African. An ancient vampire who is a world class seductress and fiercely intelligent. She also has quite a lot of madness in her. She is the most powerful person in every way yet capable of hiding this power when it serves her purposes. Series Regular. Possible nudity.

Bookies recognise the name of this character from Book 5, Dead As A Doornail – she was summoned by Eric to assist with her batshit crazy child Mickey when he got all mean and nasty with Tara. Her name will no doubt be where her similarity to the book character begins and ends.

The Bible refers to two women by the name of Salome – one was a belly dancer who demanded the head of John the Baptist on a platter; the other was the mother of the disciples James and John, and was present at the crucifixion of Christ. Either way, it’s safe to peg this particular vampire at around two thousand years old.

And of course, she’s mad as a cut snake. OF COURSE SHE IS. She’s a woman, after all.

[NORA] 25 to 35. Beautiful, any race, centuries old. A double agent working within the Vampire Authority. Eric’s vampire “sister” – a progeny of Godric. Intelligent, intimidating, cool under pressure and a very good liar. She loves Eric deeply, but has dedicated her life to a higher purpose. Series Regular. Possible nudity.

And here comes Bill’s Eric’s vampire sister, demonstrating once again that every aspect of Book Bill/Eric and True Blood Bill/Eric is completely interchangeable because that’s why people watch.

I wonder if Nora’s connection to the Authority makes her one of Eric’s “friends in high places” mentioned by Bill in season 4. Because you KNOW that if Eric has a sister with some clout in the Authority, Bill will have known about it first.

Want More? – Season 5 Confirmed

August 12, 2011 in Random, True Blood

From Twitter, we now have official confirmation for Season 5 of True Blood.

Granted we’re only 7 episodes in to Season 4, are you excited for next year yet? #WaitingSucks

Thanks to Mony for the screengrab!

There is no word yet on which particular book next season may follow, though it is likely a culmination of several. As we all know, Dead as a Doornail is a little weak in plot and I know many don’t find it as interesting as later books such as All Together Dead or Dead and Gone. However I do think shades of characterizations, such as Eric and Sookie’s awkward phase post-amnesia, will play out similarly on the show as it does in the books. I wouldn’t dismiss the possible introduction of new characters like Quinn and maybe even Charles Twinning, who I feel will show up in some fashion eventually. And of course, StripperClaude and his throng of fairies are bound to pop back up again.

If there is more from an official press release, I’ll update this post. Until then, what do you think will happen next season?

Russell Strikes Back.. in Season 5

July 4, 2011 in Russell Edgington, True Blood

Film School Rejects have just landed an interview with the incomparable Denis O’Hare, who had this to say about His Majesty’s reemergence on True Blood,

To start off, it was disappointing to hear that you’re not coming back this season.

I know, I know. It was up in the air. They were definitely bringing me back, it was just a matter of if they wanted to bring me back the last couple episodes or bring me back at the beginning. So they decided to do it at the beginning of season 5.

Sweet! Russell will be back.. but uh… Season 5? What Season 5?

This reminds me of the time I got the scholarship notification before I got the college acceptance letter. It is nice to know but more information would be helpful, HBO. Seriously, what’s the hold up with the official announcement of Season 5? Perhaps it has something to do with Alan Ball’s status as show runner, yet with him or without him, it seems to me the big wigs are holding off on the announcement until they’ve decided on The Ball Plan. Hate to break this to you HBO, people just want the goods. We don’t care about your corporate mind games or your Ballwashing.

Back to the interview at hand, this actually a fascinating interview with Denis O’Hare as he spills quite a few nuggets of backstory and as he describes the character makeup of Russell Edgington, the Rightful King of Mississippi and Louisiana.

And I love that Russell has this intense passion for life; literally a passion for living and a passion for life. I think that actually forms his kind of childlike quality.

I think that’s exactly right, because when he comes out into the sun, he just says how beautiful it is.

Yeah! I mean can you imagine being that old and that’s incredibly touching, I think, about that is that for a Pagan, especially a Celt, their whole thing was sun worship. And the Celt’s God is Lugh. There’s this festival called Lunasa, which is an Irish festival, which is a festival of the sun. It’s still practiced till this day.

The Celts went looking for the place that the sun went to bed. So they kept watching the sun go to bed and they kept literally moving West. So they moved from Danube to the Roman territory into France, ultimately to Ireland and they got stopped by the water. But that’s why they are there, because they were looking for where the sun goes to bed.

So for Russell to have the ability to come back and see the sun is religious. It’s a big thing for him.

So naturally he will be all hugs and kisses towards the guy that sold him some snake oil and a semi-permanent cement coffin. … Not that we didn’t know the Eric-Russell relationship was toxic already, but this seems to emphasize that there is more fuel on that revenge fire than perhaps has been blatantly acknowledged in the show so far. Seven hells!

The interview continues,

You mention that not all vampires need to be cool and slick. Wouldn’t you say that Russell is kinda cool and charming?

Well, we talked about that as well, and one of the things that we talked about early on was where is Russell getting his sense of style from? And the answer is he’s getting it from Talbot. When Russell and Talbot met, which is 1300 A.D. in Disanthium, I would say that Russell was sort of a rough character. He was basically a mercenary knight for hire running around and killing people. And Talbot was a prince; he was the Greek prince.

So he brought a certain refinement to him. So Talbot was the one who made Russell civilized. When Talbot dies, there’s a sense in which Russell reverts. He no longer has that governing force and he goes back to his native identity.

Sigh. I miss Talbot. I miss unhinged Russell even more. Dammit, he can’t get back on the show soon enough, – someone needs to end the Usurper’s reign!

So who could be digging up the King of Our Hearts? I wouldn’t put it past Queen William the Mendacious to think the enemy of his enemy is his friend and to concede the throne to the one true king, especially after all Bill’s other plots to eliminate Eric are thwarted in Season 4. I can envision a bitter and spurned Alcide, who has the means and the knowledge to deconstruct the cement prison, trying to avenge his Little Debbie by treating with Russell for his BAMF services. I also could see a brand new character, such as one of Russell’s other progeny (if he has any) coming to his rescue,.. or maybe it all relates back to Antonia and she possesses another witch who happens to come with access to a backhoe.

Regardless, I can’t wait to find out.

Make sure to read the full version of the interview here. Tis awesome.

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