Christopher Meloni Will Join the Cast of HBO's "True Blood"

Stage and screen actor Christopher Meloni has signed on to join the cast of HBO's "True Blood," according to

Christopher Meloni
Christopher Meloni (Photo by Krissie Fullerton)

Meloni will be a series regular on the upcoming fifth season. He will play a powerful vampire who holds the fate of Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) in his hands.

Meloni starred as Eddie in Ireland Gate Theatre's 2005 production of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge. He is best known for his television credits, including NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" and HBO's "Oz." He will also be seen in the upcoming film "Superman: Man of Steel."

"True Blood" airs Sunday nights at 9 PM ET on HBO.