'True Blood' casting call: A biblical new role ... and a very old friend for Eric -- EXCLUSIVE

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As the producers promised, True Blood is introducing several new characters in season 5 — and EW got the early word on two of the roles.

Creator Alan Ball and his team of scribes have put out a casting call for someone to play Nora, a beautiful and intelligent 25-to-35 something who plays a double agent within the Vampire Authority. What’s even better than that? She’s got a big history with Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) because she’s a progeny of Godric. Nora will be a series regular role that may (or may not) involve a little nudity. (It IS True Blood, after all).

Meanwhile, Co-Executive Producer Raelle Tucker told EW that they’ll include a “very significant, strong, mysterious woman at the center of one of our main stories next year … a very familiar and compelling character. It may be someone you’ve heard of before.” Especially if you’ve read the Bible: The True Blood team also put out the call for someone to play Salome, as in THE Salome, daughter of Herodias, from the good book. She’s a powerful ancient vampire (hmm, don’t remember that part from the New Testament) and a world-class seductress who’s also a little mad. So she’ll fit right into Bon Temps.

Any suggestions for Ball and his team?

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  • Elizabeth

    Eric is getting a sister! Sweet! I can’t wait to see the dynamic between the two of them.

    • ranliao

      Agh! It is wayyy too early to get me excited about True Blood. How are we supposed to wait until next summer?!BTW,I wanna share a good news to you.My best friend ,she just has announced her wedding with a millionaire man who is a celebrity !they met via Millionaireloving.℃ óM ..it is the largest and best club for celebrity and their admirers to chat online.You do not have to be rich or famous. ,but you can meet one , It’s worthy a try,Maybe you wanna check it out or tell your friends!

    • Strepsi

      The first person I thought of is ALAINA HUFFMAN (from Stargate: Universe), she’d be good.

      or AMBER HEARD ?

    • selina

      Pretty annoyed that Alan Ball and his writers seem to stray from the novels which are awesome! I’d like to see some Quinn or at least Sookie’s true best friend from the books (its not tara) who is a witch. Since they already played the witch thing out last season i doubt they will go back to the books to introduce sookies friend. I would also like to see Sookie’s cousin Claude or any of the fairy war that was written about in the books. I am also disappointed that they gave eric back his memories about him and sookie so fast, the book drew it out longer and it made for more of a connection between eric and sookie when he finally got his memories back.

      • toole

        totally agree with everything in this post. They are passing up really good story lines from the books for a mish mash of wackiness. i also would like to see Quinn…oddly i liked him the best out of all her men.

      • Lisa J

        I am a huge fan of the literary paranormal genre and I find the Sookie Stackhouse books substandard. I quit reading them around book 7. they were not horrible, they just got tiresome. Read Kim Harrison, Anne Bishop or Chloe Neil. So much better world building and so much less angst.

        As far as I am concerned Alan Ball can go right ahead and DEMOLISH them if it means he is going to keep True Blood on the air. I love this show.

      • Mira

        I don’t agree. Charlaine Harris is a huge supporter of Alan Ball’s deviation from the script…if you’ve read her perspective on the show, she’s not committed to the world she creates, she likes to explore the possibilities of the alternatives someone else creates. I absolutely love the books but totally adore True Blood for it’s differences. In fact, if the writing team wants to make this a show totally about Eric, I’m totally okay with that. I need more Skarsgard.

  • Cheery

    Screw this, until Ball fixes the relationship between Pam and Eric IDGAF!

  • Barack Palin

    This is OK with me as long as the Biblical woman isn’t the Virgin Mary.

    • Whee!

      It says they’re casting for Salome, you idiot. Can’t you read? Oh yeah…you’re a Palin.

      • Osama Palin

        I can read, thanks. Do you ever use proper grammar?

      • Natalie

        Your attitude is really unnecessary. Don’t be such a miserable person.

  • Kristin

    I want more of pam and eric!!!!

  • sam

    He is abandoning the books–never good, as he really doesn’t get it. I expect the new characters to be repetitive and annoying, if the past times when he has created characters are any indication.

    • kate middleton

      Yeah, he’s pretty much done with the books it seems. Although Book 5 was pretty weak. I really liked 1-4 and 7 (where they travel to the convention), but everything else is ridiculous. I don’t blame Alan Ball from abandoning them actually.

      • Corinne

        My favorite book was 7 so I am kind of sad that he appears to have abandoned them all together, but at least that means we might be able to avoid adding Quinn as a character, although I would like to see Amelia and Octavia.

      • benlinus

        I agree with you regarding the books.

      • Ann

        I read each and every book and completely agree. Books 1-4 were good (not great), books 5 and 6 were just alright, book 7 was good (not great) and all the rest went, in order, from bad to worse. I like the decisions Ball has made. Let’s not forget that the entire book series is from Sookie’s point of view only. Ball has created a whole other world of characters and personalities that we never got to see in the books. I appreciate that.

      • kate middleton

        Yes…pretty much everything after Book 9 has been AWFUL. This last book (11 I think) was truly terrible. Charlaine Harris is really phoning it in and doesn’t seem to care at all anymore.

      • Meera

        Yeah I agree regarding the weakness of the books. Even though I’m following the books but that’s only coz I don’t want to skip it now when it’s on the verge of finale.

      • Cari

        @Corinne Aw, no way! Quinn was my favorite! I’ll be pretty bummed if he and Amelia aren’t in the show at all.

      • Cady

        I would imagine using a tiger would be kind of a risk though to the actors? Wolves are kind of a really different situation. Plus, Sookie is just now going towards being with Alcide so they would have to keep him and Sookie kind of far from one another.

      • Arizona

        Yes, but wasn’t the Weretiger introduced in Book 5. that would be a character I would love to see.

      • Dee R

        The books maybe a pulpy literature, but it doesn’t mean you can’t aim high. Alan Ball did it pretty good in Season 1, but sadly he took too much liberty and the more he strayed away the worse it became. And it hurt Eric, Sookie, and the development of their characters and relationship the most.

      • Ann

        @Dee – I don’t take issue with pulpy literature. I love camp and I don’t require every book to be on par with To Kill a Mockingbird or War and Peace. I just think that Alan Ball is telling a better story on tv than what the books did. After book 4 (excluding book 7) these books went downhill very, very quickly. If Ball wants this show to last that long (and maybe he doesn’t) he needs to improve upon them and go in another direction.

    • Karen

      There is a Salome in the books…..she is Mickey’s maker. In the books, Franklin Mott gives Tara to Mickey who is an a**hole. Eric in the book has no memory of his and Sookie’s time together. He trades that information for getting rid of Mickey.

    • elliebaby

      i agree with you sam, the first season AB followed the books with little changes and it was very good…now the show is getting ridiculous…AB keep more to the books you screwing this great story up. how do we get a message to him.

      • corey

        So keeping layfette around and creating Jessica were bad moves on AB part? Those were two great creative choices. It is his story to tell in TV do I will give him free reign.

    • RJ

      He kind of has to abandon the books for the next few seasons. Seasons 1 through 4, and their corresponding books, had a workable “main plot” to use for the season. But books 5 and going onward a bit are pretty weak “main plots”. They might make for some respectable “B stories”, but not a main one. If I had to make a guess, it would be that they are going to retool the vampire trial plot where the Fellowship of the Sun gets involved, except Sophie Anne won’t be the focus for obvious reasons. Maybe our favorite King of Mississippi instead?

    • Lisa J

      Uhm. so you don’t like Lafeyette ? . He was dead in book one or two. I was thrilled they kept him alive on the show, Nelson Ellis is a wonder to watch. The books are pretty weak after the first three. Ball is doing the best he can with what he has. IMO his show is way better than the books.

  • BIGLEAGUESbyJenEstes

    Agh! It is wayyy too early to get me excited about True Blood. How are we supposed to wait until next summer?!

  • Hil

    Ooh interesting, they’ve been hinting at Eric’s “connections” forever.

  • Hil

    @Sam – Godric and Jessica, two characters he created, are better than the books.

    • sam

      I like those characters too but they are more generic types with really good actors portraying them (the “child” and the “creator). But each time he steps too far out of the general outline of the books the story bogs down and gets really ridiculous–those endless scenes of “orgy” involving really ugly people and the witch last season. He is not very good at keeping the story interesting. They need better writers and there is a reason why the books are so successful.

      • Valley Girl

        I actually prefer Godric as Eric’s maker on the show rather than the creepy old guy maker in the books, and the creep’s other progeny (and am glad the show did not take that/Romanov route).

      • Ann

        I read all the books. When people say that they were brilliant and lament the fact that the series isn’t the same I just wonder to myself “Did I really read the same books they did?” Because I don’t think any of the last 6 or so (excluding book 7) were anything to write home about. Just about every character on the tv show is more appealing to me than how they were written in the book. Characters like Jason, Lafayette (obviously), Tara, Andy, Arlene, Eric, and, yes, even Pam, are far more interesting an nuanced than how they were written in the book, in my opinion. Especially in the later books, when Jason literally only appears when he drives by in his truck or Tara is only there to have a baby shower.

      • Jules

        I enjoyed the books. All of them. I like the additions of Jessica and LOVE what Ball did with Godric and Lafayette. I have to agree with others, though, that it’s really the ACTING that made us fall in love with the characters. I think on paper Jessica would have been too whiney, Lafayette too self-centered and Godric…well, too Edward Cullen. lol The actors brought them to life.

        Tara with a greater role? Seriously, she’s even more one dimensional than she is in the books. Rutina Wesley is a good actress, but she annoys the hell out of me as Tara. Tara could die and I wouldn’t blink an eye.

        What I don’t like is the major deviations fro the central story threads. What happens are what make Sookie…Sookie. This is a different Sookie. This isn’t the same Sookie. It’s like watching Ringer. Bill as King? Glossing over his betrayal of Sookie? The fairy kingdom? Well, it’s like the writers dropped acid and said…ok this is good. Some changes are good, but some of the major ones really just turned me of to the whole thing. Two each’s own.

      • Ann

        @Jules –

        Yes, I truly believe the Tara character is way more interesting in the tv show. Setting aside whether or not we like the actress or not (I think she’s just fine) the book Tara is barely around. She’s included in the plotline early on when she disappears with that vampire and Sookie sees her at the wolf bar. Otherwise, I think she’s just around to get pregnant, marry JD or JP or whatever, and help Sookie find clothes every now and then. In the show she at least has something to do. In the book the character was a mere footnote.

      • Antione Leonard

        I think the writers have done an ok job so far but need a great big change to make the series even more a success and interesting. Although I hear a lot of people talking about how much they like the character of Eric! I have to resort back to the beginning of the series, where Ball’s character of Bill appears to be a great,powerful and intellectual vampire who falls in love with sookie without even bitting or smelling her faire blood! The character of Eric starts out as this dumb, tall, blond headed guy who is suppose to be very strong! Then his role changes even before he loses his memory, he becomes some great strong vampire who is dominant! I think this whole idea was corny! The writers should explore more with the character of Bill Compton! he looks and seem more interesting then the big, dumb, brute vampire role of Eric. And the writers need to lose some of the fantasizing scences, there was too much going on with the whole sookie day dream orgy fantasy!!!

    • Rex

      Actually, Godric is in the books, but his name is Godfrey, not Godric and he wasn’t Eric’s maker. I like Godric in the show, but Eric’s maker in the book was some ancient Roman dude who terrorized Eric forever and Eric loathed him. I didn’t like him either, but it was a great way of explaining how Eric became the way he was, not just the Viking background. His maker was an ultra-cruel bastard and treated Eric monstrously. I am glad though they didn’t go with the Alexei Romanov half-“brother” plot from the books. That was awful. I’m not too keen about him having a “sister” though. He and Pam need to get back together. No more new characters. Work on the ones you have! And a Biblical vampire Salome? Give me a break.

      • Ann

        Totally agree, @Rex. The Alexei Romanov plotline with Eric’s maker was just about the worst plotline from the books. I’m so, so glad that it looks like we’re losing that whole thing. I do like Godric and like him as Eric’s maker more than the Roman guy. I never really bought that whole dynamic in the books.

  • Sookie

    Enough with the casting calls for new characters. How about a call for new writers? Season 4 was a disaster caused by too many weak characters, idiotic story lines and cheesy F/X. I didn’t think anything could be worse than Season 2 but I was wrong. Alan Ball and his lame writers should be staked.

    • elliebaby

      couldn’t have said that any better..now if AB would only listen and start to follow the books…look how good ‘game of thrones’ is doing cause they are more involved with the actual story…that is the respect TB should get.

      • Ang

        You CANNOT compare Game of Thrones to True Blood. Period….

      • steve

        I agree Ang, GoT is on a whole different level than true blood when considering them for a adaptation for tv. Never read the TB books but from what I understand the whole story is told from sookies pov, which I think would make it more enjoyable and almost necessary to create new ideas and character depth. GoT on the other hand is a very structured, nuanced story, told from the pov of a plethora of characters. Because the scope and depth of the characters and story are spread across such a large canvas I think it almost makes the story feel like historical fiction and not fantasy. for that reason there is very little wiggle room when it comes to creating new characters and story lines

  • Brittany

    That Salome character sounds massively annoying. TB already proved time and time again that they suck at doing compelling three dimensional female villains (Marian, Fiona. I would have seriously liked them better if the weren’t so one-note and black holes of annoying screen time wasters.. I would prefer Russel E come back as the main villain this season. More focus on the main characters would be better too. We really don’t need another Tommy.

    • ce

      Salome was mentioned in Book 5, if only very briefly. She’s a sheriff, IIRC, and a little cruel.

    • billie jean kuhn

      I think that you and all the other posters that write that is a character is “annoying” is…….. annoying.

      • Heidi

        Minka Kelley’s “Charlie’s Angels” was just cancelled – what about her for Salome…?

        I would see Eric’s sister as being blonde like him, so what about his real life GF Kate Bosworth?

      • calla

        ASkars & Kate Bosworth broke up about 2-3 months ago, FYI. She’s already moved on. I feel like that would be really awkward for all parties involved.

      • kate middleton

        She’s not Eric’s real life sister – they just have the same maker. So she can look like anything.

  • Tiffany Prelsey

    This is exciting. Where can I audition this.. for real?

    • Sydney

      Seriously! Why should I think of actresses that I think could be good when I would kill to be on the show!

      • Whee!

        Maybe they want someone with talent and not just someone to show her t!ts off on camera?

    • Jocelyn

      I may be a little young but I would SO audition!

  • jets

    someone sexy. :)

  • Billy

    Evengiline Lilly for erics sister. That would be boss

    • Olive

      Good idea

  • Angela

    This could be interesting. Russell is coming back and I hope they focus on the Vampire world in season 5.

  • Just Jules

    I hope they add Claude, Claudette and Niall.. bring on the faeries!

    and BUBBA!!! <– we need to see him.. :)

    • Melissa

      would have loved bubba to be in the series, i agree fully, bring in the fae, they are an important part of the books.

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