True Blood recasting major role after star quits over creative differences

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Dec 30, 2013, 4:44 PM EST

Fans of True Blood will get to meet a new face — as an old character — once season seven arrives, because a co-star in the hit series has left due to creative differences.

Luke Grimes, who played Jessica’s lover James after joining the series in season six, has reportedly asked to be let out of his contract to leave the series because he didn’t like the direction the writers are cooking up for season seven.

Officials at HBO didn’t have much to say, but confirmed that the role is being recast due to the “creative direction” of the character. A rep for Grimes has yet to comment, though TV Line learned from a source close to him that he joined the show to work with Jessica actress Deborah Ann Woll. But once he saw scripts for season seven, he realized his character was going in a “completely different direction.”

Though this definitely throws a kink into the final season, the producers at least have a little time to get things figured out, since season seven doesn’t go into production until June 2014. As for Grimes? Don’t worry too much about him. He’ll be keeping busy via a supporting role in that Fifty Shades of Grey flick.

What do you think of the recasting news? Will you miss Grimes’ contribution to the series?

(Via TV Line)