The age of the vampire is far from over. And now, ‘True Blood’ fans may have another reason to celebrate. A musical version of the drama is apparently in the works!
While appearing at the 10th anniversary screening of the pilot episode of ‘True Blood,’ series creator Alan Ball revealed the details of the rumored musical version coming from composer Nathan Barr. Ball said:
“It tells the story of vampires coming out of the closet. Ultimately it really departs from the book, because people aren’t ready, and they’re too bigoted and they end up going back in to the closet.”
Ball also explained that the project is currently being workshopped, but he didn’t reveal whether he will have any sort of involvement. Ball didn’t stop there with the reveals! He also explained that huge stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence were almost cast in the TV series!
“Benedict Cumberbatch came and read for Bill.”
Fans of the show know that Stephen Moyer ultimately claimed the role. Ball went on to say that Chastain read for Anna Paquin’s role of Sookie Stackhouse. He also spoke about the fact that Lawrence almost became a were-panther in Season 3, saying:
“She was great, but all the women in the room, because she was going to be Jason’s girlfriend, and she was 17 at the time, were like, ‘No that’s gross.’”
Ball also took the time to talk at length about the process of casting Rutina Wesley as Tara Thornton, saying:
“We had actually cast another actress, and we shot the pilot with her in it. But HBO said, ‘We don’t really buy that girl,’ and we said, ‘Yeah we should have done it with Rutina Wesley.’ So we went back and re-shot those scenes.”
Check back for more news about the ‘True Blood’ musical as it becomes available!