June 8, 2010 / 5:41 AM / 9 years ago

"True Blood" star Moyer picks pair of pictures

Actor Stephen Moyer of "True Blood" arrives on the red carpet at the 61st annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California September 20, 2009. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - “True Blood” vampire Stephen Moyer has signed on for a pair of movies.

He will join Richard Gere and Topher Grace in the thriller “The Double,” and will then star in “The Big Valley” with Jessica Lange.

“The Double” centers on a retired CIA operative (Gere) forced to partner with a young FBI agent (Grace) to hunt down the killer of a U.S. senator. Moyer will play a Russian spy. Shooting starts June 21 in Detroit. The indie project marks the directorial debut of scribe Michael Brandt.

Next month, Moyer will hop to Louisiana for “The Big Valley,” a big-screen take on the 1960s ABC series that starred Barbara Stanwyck. The feature sees Lange stepping into Stanwyck’s role of matriarch of the Barkleys, a family of ranchers in 19th century California.

Moyer will play Jarrod Barkley, the family’s respected attorney who represents ranchers fighting to keep their land from being taken by railroad companies. Richard Long played him on the TV series. Daniel Adams wrote the screenplay and is directing.

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