Stephen Moyer tries to break out of the vampire typecasting ghetto.
Heat Vision has word that Stephen Moyer, one of the stars of HBO’s vampire series, “True Blood,” has joined the casts of two movies. He will not be required to sparkle or drink blood in either.
“The Double,” also starring Richard Gere and Topher Grace, will have Moyer play “a Russian spy in a story that centers on a retired CIA operative (Gere) forced to partner with a young FBI agent (Grace) to hunt down the killer of a senator in Washington.” It’s writer Michael Brandt’s first time in the director’s chair.
“The Big Valley” is a big screen version of the 1960s TV series about the Barkleys, a 19th century ranching family in California. Jessica Lange will take the role of the tough family matriarch played by Barbara Stanwyck on TV. Moyer will play Jarrod Barkley, “the family’s respected attorney who represents ranchers fighting to keep their land from being taken by railroad companies.” Richard Long played him on the TV series. Daniel Adams wrote the screenplay and is directing. This show was part of the vogue for westerns that was such a big part of the early days of TV. Think “Bonanza” and “Gunsmoke.” Really think “Bonanza.”
The next season of the hit series “True Blood” is beginning soon. I know this because there are lots of ads around for it. I’ve never seen it, but fans I know tell me that Moyer is good enough.