Well, this sucks. TVLine has learned that one of 'True Blood's newest and highly attractive cast members, James (played by Luke Grimes), has unexpectedly opted not to return for the series' upcoming seventh and final installment.
But just because the actor is leaving, doesn't mean the character's storyline will be closed. Not by a long shot. In fact, the role of James — who was introduced to the HBO drama during Season 6 as Jessica’s (Deborah Ann Woll) brooding, yet completely adorable vamp-camp lover — will be recast "due to the creative direction of the character," said an HBO spokesperson.
So what's exactly behind the cause of Grimes' departure? His rep declined to comment, but a source close to the 'Brothers & Sisters' alum tells the site that the actor asked to be let out of his contract after he learned what producers had in store for James in Season 7.
“He initially joined the show because he wanted to work with [his 'Forever' co-star] Deborah Ann Woll,” says the insider. “But when he started reading the scripts for Season 7, he was disappointed to learn that they were going in a completely different direction with James.” Jessica-James shippers will be disappointed to hear about that.
Grimes will still be keeping himself pretty busy, however, especially now that he's been nabbed for the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' movie where he'll play Christian Grey’s brother.
Meanwhile, production on 'True Blood‘s farewell season begins next month and will premiere in June 2014.