A member of the undead is about to be reborn. Well...as far as 'True Blood' casting goes anyway. TVLine has exclusively learned that former 'Bunheads' hunk Nathan Parsons will step into the series-regular role of James — a vampire who cozied up to Jessica in Truman Burrell's vampire camp last year — when the HBO hit returns for its seventh and final season this summer.
Previously, the part had been played by Luke Grimes. However, as we reported last month, the actor asked to be released from his 'True Blood' contract due to the creative direction that his character was going.
“He initially joined the show because he wanted to work with [his 'Forever' co-star] Deborah Ann Woll,” a source close to the actor explained to the site. “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.”
As for what Parsons has to look forward to in the upcoming season, a 'True Blood' insider reveals that James will find himself at the center of a surprising love triangle. (A love triangle involving vampires? Why does that sound so familiar?) Either way, it will be interesting to see what Parsons will bring to the role. You know, other than hot vamp sex.
In addition to 'Bunheads,' the actor also spent four years on the soap opera hit 'General Hospital,' where he played Luke’s love child, Ethan Lovett.
'True Blood' is scheduled to kick off its seventh season in summer 2014.