Dec 14, 2011

Christopher Meloni is sinking his teeth into a new role.

The former "Law & Order: SVU" star has joined the cast of "True Blood," the network confirmed Wednesday.

Pictures: Christopher Meloni

According to Entertainment Weekly, the actor will be a series regular, playing an "ancient, powerful vampire who holds the fate of Bill and Eric in his hands."

It was reported earlier this month that he was being eyed for a "major role" in the show's fifth season.

Meloni recently ended a 12-year run on "SVU," where he played Detective Elliot Stabler.

This new role marks the actor's return to HBO - he previously starred as inmate Chris Keller on the network's prison drama "Oz."
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