Luke Grimes leaves ‘True Blood’, Role to be Recast
You know the hot vampires James that hooked up with Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) last season on True Blood? The one played by Luke Grimes, and who set Twitter abuzz with fawning sighs of dreamy affection?
Yeah, he’s gone.
After receiving a role in Fifty Shades of Grey, Luke Grimes has decided to drop out of the seventh and final season of True Blood. However, that’s not all. Apparently, the character was to be important enough to Season 7 that writing him out wouldn’t be feasible. So the role will be recast.
When reached for comment, an HBO spokesperson confirmed the news, stating, “The role of James is being recast due to the creative direction of the character.”
A rep for Luke Grimes declined to comment, but a source close to the actor states that Grimes asked to be let out of his his contract after learning what producers had in store for him in Season 7.
“He initially joined the show because he wanted to work with [his Forever co-star] Deborah Ann Woll,” says the insider. “But when he started reading the scripts for Season 7, he was disappointed to learn that they were going in a completely different direction with James.”
While I can’t argue against a guy wanting to leave a show unless his role is exclusively to have play sex with Deborah Ann Woll, Grimes actually does have a legitimate reason to leave. His role in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie — in which he’ll play Christian Grey’s brother — could take up much of the time he’d have spent on True Blood. So perhaps it’s for the best. With that said, the producers had better hurry to find a replacement, as production on True Blood‘s final season begins next month, ahead of its premiere in June 2014.