Paquin is Out for True Blood

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Oscar winner Anna Paquin (“X-Men” movies, The Piano) is making her first foray into series television as the lead in “True Blood,” Alan Ball’s drama pilot for HBO.

The Hollywood Reporter says Ryan Kwanten and Sam Trammell have also been cast in the project, which Ball wrote and is set to direct and executive produce.

Based on the “Southern Vampire” book series by Charlaine Harris, “True Blood” takes place in a world in which vampires can buy Japanese-made synthetic blood. Their integration into a small Louisiana town causes quite a stir, and a love story ensues between a vampire and Sookie Stackhouse (Paquin), an innocent waitress who can read people’s minds.

Kwanten will play the waitress’ brother. Trammell will play the owner of the restaurant where she works.