12/31/2013 10:35 am ET

Luke Grimes Exits 'True Blood,' His Character To Be Recast


It looks like some new blood is headed to "True Blood."

TV Line reports that Luke Grimes, who played vampire James on the sixth season of the HBO series will not be returning for the final season ... even though his character is.

This past October, Grimes (who was seen previously on ABC's "Brothers & Sisters") was cast as Christian Grey's brother in the highly anticipated film adaptation of "Fifty Shades of Grey." When production of "Fifty Shades" was pushed back to Dec. 2, it was unclear whether Grimes would be able to film both -- even though "True Blood" showrunner Brian Buckner hinted at big plans for Grimes' character.

An HBO spokesperson said that "the role of James is being recast due to the creative direction of the character," but TV Line learned from someone close to Grimes that the actor "started reading the scripts for Season 7," and "was disappointed to learn that they were going in a completely different direction with James," and asked to be let out of his contract.

The final season of "True Blood" will premiere Summer 2014 on HBO and "Fifty Shades of Grey" will hit theaters Feb. 13, 2015.



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