Look who'll be playing the vampire Grandpa in that Munsters reboot

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Dec 16, 2012, 12:07 PM EST

Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane is finally taking shape over at NBC under the leadership of Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller and X-Men director Bryan Singer. Four months after the pilot was ordered, the show has finally cast its first role: a revamped, sexy Grandpa Munster.

According to Deadline, the show is in "final negotiations" with actor and legendary comic Eddie Izzard to join the series as both producer and Grandpa Munster. But, as with the rest of the series, this ain't the Grandpa you remember.

Like the role played by Al Lewis in the original series, Izzard's Grandpa is a centuries-old vampire. But while Lewis' Grandpa was a cheerful, sarcastic old dude who enjoyed hanging around in his cobweb-infested lab and concocting brews, Izzard's Grandpa looks to be much more the Man About Town type. This Grandpa can turn into bats, rats and wolves at will, but he also enjoys donning fedoras and other fashionable attire and trying his luck with the ladies. Deadline's Nellie Andreeva even goes so far as to call him a "Don Juan-type" character.

Fuller and Singer have been trying to land Izzard for months, and he's finally on board the series now that his schedule has opened up a bit. He's already proven that his acting abilities translate to television with an acclaimed two seasons on The Riches and a guest stint on United States of Tara, and he's worked with Singer previously on Valkyrie. Plus he's responsible for one of the world's great Star Wars jokes, so how could we be anything but excited to see him join this show?

(via Deadline)