By Tim Molloy
“True Blood” star Stephen Moyer has been added to the cast of NBC’s “The Sound of Music” as World War I hero Capt. Georg Von Trapp.
Though best known for playing a Louisiana vampire, Moyer has musical theater bona fides: Last month he starred in the Hollywood Bowl’s production of “Chicago,” playing Billy Flynn.
NBC’s three-hour production of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic will air Dec. 5, with Carrie Underwood as Maria.
The special will be based on the original 1959 Broadway production, which won the Tony Award for best musical. The 1965 film version, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Moyer, a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, has spent time with the National Theatre of Wales, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Oxford Stage Company and the Young Vic in England. He has played the lead in “Romeo and Juliet,” among other stage roles.
NBC Studios’ “The Sound of Music” is executive-produced by Neil Meron and Craig Zadan. Beth McCarthy-Miller and Rob Ashford will serve as directors. Moyer is represented by WME in the U.S. and United Agents in the U.K. Lena Roklin is his manager.
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