Chris Meloni in Talks to Join True Blood

Entertainment Dec. 1, 2011 AT 1:16PM
Chris Meloni in Talks to Join True Blood Credit: Bryan Bedder/

Who could possibly be hot enough to join the shirtless, nude ranks of Joe Manganiello, Ryan Kwanten and Alexander Skarsgard on True Blood?

Chris Meloni!

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The hunky Law and Order: SVU alum, 50, is indeed in talks to play a vampire on the next, fifth season of HBO's hit.

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TVLine first reported the casting intrigue, noting that Meloni could play an "incredibly powerful vampire" in the supernatural smash about vampires, werewolves and other creatures in the American South. Starring Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, the hit is known for its frequent nudity and startling sex scenes.

Meloni, who departed NBC's Law & Order: SVU after 12 years last spring, is no stranger to onscreen nudity and love scenes: He dropped trou all the time on Oz, HBO's super-intense prison drama, in which he played bisexual inmate Chris Keller.

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