It was only a matter of time before the insane popularity of HBO’s True Blood earned its cast some big-screen love, and today news broke that Stephen Moyer — the show’s leading vamp, Bill, and real-life fiancé of co-star Anna Paquin — would grace the silver screen in not one, but two upcoming film projects: The adaptation of TV series The Big Valley and the CIA thriller The Double, which marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Michael Brandt (3:10 to Yuma, Wanted).
When the actor begins filming Valley next month, he won’t be too far from his day job — he’ll be shooting in Louisiana just a stone’s throw away from the True Blood set. In the film, a remake of the 1960s ABC series, Moyer will play the attorney son in a family of ranchers in 19th century California originally played by Richard Long on the show. Jessica Lange, who steps into the series’ Barbara Stanwyck role, will play the matriarch of the Barkley family. In The Double, he’ll play a Russian spy in a story about a retired CIA operative (Richard Gere) who partners with a young FBI agent (Topher Grace).
On the one hand, we’ve seen Moyer suit up in Civil War garb on True Blood, so we know he can do period pieces, but on the other, there’s something about his cold, Blue Steel vampire glare that makes Russian spy seem like a no-brainer for the actor.
Hm, 19th century lawyer or modern-day Russian spy. Which do you think will look better on the British actor-turned-vampire?
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