From the life-sucking Wraith to the Twilight movies, actor Christopher Heyerdahl has a knack for playing ancient vampires. Now he’ll continue that track record on HBO’s True Blood, which has just cast the former Stargate Atlantis actor for a recurring role its fifth season, according to Deadline.
Heyerdahl will play a vampire named Dieter Braun in the cable series, which stars Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, and Sam Trammell. The character of Braun is described as “an ancient, powerful vampire who plays a large part in the intelligence of the Authority and especially enjoys enhanced interrogation.”
The actor played “Todd” the Wraith on Atlantis, a character introduced in the third season (“Common Ground”) who would return as the main recurring Wraith character in Seasons Four and Five. He also plays both John Druitt and Bigfoot on Sanctuary, and has a long list of genre credits that also includes recurring stints on Caprica and Supernatural.
Heyerdahl is currently starring in Hell on Wheels for AMC, which is heading into its second season, and reprises his Twilight role as Marcus (pictured above) in the upcoming sequel Breaking Dawn – Part 2.
Season Five of True Blood will air this summer on HBO.