“True Blood” takes a queen

News about the upcoming, highly anticipated second season of “True Blood” is coming fast and furious these days.

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The most intriguing of which is that Evan Rachel Wood has been cast to play the Vampire Queen of Louisiana, Sophie-Anne Leclerq. Now, although I’ve been reading all of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse books, I haven’t yet reached the one that prominently features Sophie-Anne (that would be “All Together Dead”; I’m midway through “Definitely Dead” at the moment), so I’m not up on my Sophie stats. But here’s what both Entertainment Weekly and Just Jared say about her:

*She’s 500 years old;
*She’s from France;
*She is charming, wily, ruthless and wise;
*She’s extremely diplomatic;
*She’s got friends in high places.

Evan, you may recall, recently played Mickey Rourke’s lesbian daughter in “The Wrestler” (which, it just so happens, was released on DVD this week; I love, love, love this movie! And not just because it was filmed in my home state of New Jersey – though that helps).  You may also recall that Evan, who is just 21, had a relationship with goth shock rocker Marilyn Manson.  While watching the SAG Awards back in January, I was shocked to realize how much Evan resembles Marilyn’s ex-wife, burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese. Take a look and tell me you don’t see it, too:

Is it real or is it Memorex?

Is it real or is it Memorex? Dita, on left, and Evan.

Anyway, my point is that Marilyn likes a specific look. Oh, and Just Jared reports that he and Evan are back together again.

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