Zap2It has posted casting details for a new female series regular for season 6. Information below the Read More for the spoiler averse! (And can I say how eager I am for real spoilers to get rolling? Sigh. Gonna be a long winter…)
“True Blood” fans have to wait until Season 6 begins this summer to return to Bon Temps — though no official start date has been announced, we’re hearing June is a good bet. In the meantime, we’ve got an intriguing spoiler to tide you over! This week, new showrunner Mark Hudis sent out a casting call for a brand new character — and she’s going to be a major player in the upcoming 10-episode season.
The “True Blood” team is looking for a Caucasian actress in her early 20s to play Nicole Jannsen. A “do-gooder to the core” Nicole is naive, optimistic, and charming — but her idealism is “ultimately vaguely idiotic and dangerous.”
Nicole is a key member of a band of well-meaning liberal advocates. The gang models itself after the civil rights activist Freedom Riders of the 1960s, a group of progressive protesters who rode buses from state to state, challenging racial segregation and Jim Crow travel laws. The Freedom Riders were usually arrested, and fell victim to mob violence, Ku Klux Klan beatings, and cruel and unusual punishment in prison.
Don’t expect a secret agenda from Nicole, who will appear as a new series regular character this season. “A true bleeding heart,” Nicole is “not at all concerned with money; she’s concerned with the common good and doing what’s right … Life hasn’t beaten her down yet.” If you’re still not getting a clear picture, the casting call suggests that she went to Bryn Mawr College and drives an old Saab.
Time for your dream casting, “True Blood” fans! What young actress do you think would fit in with the gang? How do you think Nicole will come into play, given the regime change in last season’s finale?
My thoughts: I’m thinking that Nicole Jannsen sounds like she would be pro-vampire/pro-supe and in favor of mainstreaming. So who would she be interacting with at length? If her idealism makes her “ultimately vaguely idiotic and dangerous,” I wonder if she is going to not be suspicious of someone like, say, Billith, who I assume is not going to remain a blood-covered monster in public for very long. I also wonder if her last name, which sounds vaguely Scandinavian, could have any importance? What she doesn’t sound like is anyone’s romantic interest, unless it is a secondary storyline for her character. Thoughts, anyone?