Chris Meloni joining True Blood

True BloodChris Meloni is to join the cast of HBO’s vampire drama True Blood.

Entertainment Weekly reports the actor, who recently bowed out of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, will join the cast for the fifth season of the supernatural drama. He’ll play a “powerful  and ancient vampire who holds the fate of Bill and Eric in his hands’. Meloni will be a series regular in the HBO drama.

Meloni recently bowed out of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit after playing Detective Elliot Stable since 1999. His other notable credits include the gritty prison drama series Oz in which he played Chris Keller.