‘True Blood’ Reboot: Will Anna Paquin Return as Sookie Stackhouse?

HBO’s vampire saga True Blood was quite popular, amassing a large fan following. Fans of the show loved the atmosphere of the fictional southern town, the steamy love triangle, and the interesting characters. These characters were brought to life by an incredibly talented cast, and it’s hard to imagine anyone else playing those parts. 

Fans will have to get used to that idea, however. HBO recently announced that a reboot of the popular series is in the works. The shocked responses of the original series cast members lead us to believe that they won’t be a part of this new project…

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‘True Blood’: It wasn’t ‘Twilight’, but it was almost as popular

It seems Hollywood has a fascination with vampires. While Twilight took the world by storm in 2008, HBO was busy collecting their own slew of vampire fans. In the same year that Twilight hit the big screen, HBO released its first season of True Blood. Like Twilight, True Blood was based on a series of books about a love story between a human and a vampire. That’s pretty much where the similarities end, however.

The Sookie Stackhouse Novels–also known as the Southern Vampire Mysteries–were the inspiration for the HBO series. The show follows the life of Sookie Stackhouse, a waitress with telepathic powers. It’s set in the fictional town of Bon Temps, Louisiana, where humans and vampires live together thanks to the invention of synthetic blood that eliminates the need for vampires to drink human blood. 

The series really focuses on Sookie’s love life, as she finds herself in love with not just one, but two vampires. The love triangle between Bill, Sookie, and Eric created serious divisions between fans. You had to choose sides–Team Bill or Team Eric–there was absolutely no in-between. By the end of season seven, True Blood had amassed a huge fan following and became one of HBO’s most popular shows. 

Who played Sookie Stackhouse?

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Anna Paquin played True Blood’s telepathic heroine, Sookie Stackhouse. Paquin landed her first major role at nine years old when she played the lead character’s chatty, curious daughter in The Piano. She had little acting experience at the time, yet still won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film, according to Brittanica.

Paquin spent much of her childhood in New Zealand but moved to the United States as a teen. She continued to act, mostly in minor roles. After graduating from high school in 2000, Paquin landed her biggest role yet. She donned the cloak of the mutant Rogue in the film X-Men. She went on to play Rogue in three more X-Men movies, X-Men 2, X-Men: Last Stand, and X-Men: Days of Future Past.  

The talented actor was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Emmy for her portrayal of schoolteacher Elaine Goodale in the film Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. Her incredible performance as Sookie Stackhouse earned Paquin a Golden Globe in 2009. 

Is Paquin reprising her role as Sookie?

True Blood fans were very excited to hear the recent news about a reboot in the works at HBO. Unfortunately, it seems that none of the original cast is slated to be a part of this reboot. In fact, many of them seemed as surprised as their fans to learn about the upcoming project. 

According to Entertainment Weekly, Paquin responded to the news on Twitter, saying “Well, this is the first I’m hearing about this.” She stated that she wasn’t angry, but some fans think that might not be true. After all, Paquin did bring the story’s main character to life for seven seasons and won a coveted award for her work. 

The reboot project is in the early stages of development, so it could be quite a while before fans are returning to the town of Bon Temps.