Alexander Skarsgard said today that he hasn’t been offered a role in the film adaption of E.L. James’ best selling Fifty Shades of Grey. “I haven’t read the book and I haven’t seen a script,” said the True Blood actor on the HBO show’s Comic-Con panel this afternoon. Skarsgard might not be playing Christian Grey right now but today’s panel did let out some other information. We’re going to learn more about Sookie Stackhouse’s parents in the just started fifth season of True Blood, show creator Alan Ball reveled today. Overall, Ball, who is stepping back as showrunner for the series next season, and everyone else on the HBO show’s panel at Comic-Con this afternoon kept their lips pretty tightly closed. It was all tidbits. Another small detail from Ball was that there were going to be three new romantic relationships on the series during season five. Actor Joe Manganiello let out that his werewolf Alcide Herveaux character “will sexually eviscerate someone this season.” Deborah Ann Woll let slip that this season’s episode 10 is a big one for her character. Fellow cast member Stephen Moyer, who had just flown in from Georgia where he is shooting the Atom Eyogen-directed Devil’s Knot, wouldn’t say anything about the upcoming episode of True Blood that he directed except to praise Sam Trammell’s performance. Moyer also joked how hard it was for him to convince Ball to let him direct an episode of the series. The panel today included Ball, Ryan Kwanten, Trammell. Rutina Wesley, Woll, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Manganiello, Chris Meloni, Skarsgard, Moyer and a very pregnant Anna Paquin. The panel started off with a five-minute season five preview. Some of the footage has already aired since the season began on June 10 but there were some indications of things to come. There was a resurrection to health of the Russell Edgington character, another appearance by the Obama mask-wearing gang, the Tera Thornton character takes up stripping and the Bill Compton character seemed to let loose his fangs and feed on the Sookie Stackhouse. The footage went over well but the screams and cheers from the fans during the introduction of the panel today got close to Beatlemania levels of volume. Later the crowd got even wilder when Manganiello, who appears in Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike, and Ball separately did some mock stripper moves. A walking handstand later by Kwanten drew almost equal screams. The panel ended with the cast and the entire ballroom giving Ball a standing ovation, as requested by Moyer, for his creation and work on True Blood. The HBO show was recently renewed for a sixth season.
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