Benedict Cumberbatch almost starred in True Blood

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From Digital Spy

The creator of True Blood has revealed that Benedict Cumberbatch almost played a major role in the series.

Based on Charlaine Harris's novel series The Southern Vampire Mysteries, the show told the story of telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) falling for enigmatic vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), and ran for seven seasons before ending in 2014.

Speaking at the Vulture Festival in Los Angeles this weekend, True Blood showrunner Alan Ball made the shocking revelation that he struggled so much to find the right actor for Bill, that his search ultimately took him to London, where he met with none other than Doctor Strange himself.

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During the same event, Ball also listed the other actors who auditioned, but who were ultimately passed on for the series - and they're pretty unbelievable.

Ball said: "I read Benedict Cumberbatch. He came and read for Bill. Jessica Chastain read for Sookie. Jennifer Lawrence read for, in season three there's this werepanther girl, and she was great."

Wow. Just wow.

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Photo credit: Paul Archuleta / Stringer - Getty Images

[Alan Ball at Vulture Festival 2018]

Related: Stephen Moyer tells Digital Spy that True Blood revival "is possible"

So, what else did Ball reveal?

Well, thankfully he also shard some more details about the True Blood musical, which is supposedly still coming to Broadway.

He added: "It tells the story of vampires coming out of the closet. Ultimately it really departs from the book, because people aren't ready, and they're too bigoted and they end up going back into the closet."

There you have it, folks.

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