Here are the actors that we think could be in the running to replace Alexander Skarsgård as Eric Northman in a possible ‘True Blood’ reboot!
HBO’s ‘True Blood’ started as a promising vampire drama that went on to premiere for seven extremely popular seasons. Based on Charlaine Harris’s best-selling novels, the series went on to explore the idea of humans and vampires co-existing. Helmed by Alan Ball, the series opened up a new world of opportunities for HBO, as they explored genre television. ‘True Blood’ was a hit, but the addition of supernatural creatures, to the existing plethora of characters, towards the end only made the storyline more convoluted. In doing so, the writers lost focus on the primary characters that popularised the series like Sookie, Bill, and Eric.
- Ian Somerhalder and Robert Pattinson are worthy of playing Eric Northman
- Tom Ellis aka Lucifer is an obvious casting choice for the ‘True Blood’ reboot!
- Joseph Morgan and Josh Holloway could easily bag the role of Eric Northman
While Sookie and Bill’s characters still got somewhat of a happy ending, fans would’ve loved to see more of Eric. He’s the show’s most interesting character and it’s been a process for fans to get to know him. Unlike Bill, the hero turned antagonist Eric has been true to himself, and Alexander Skarsgård’s portrayal of Eric commands respect.
We’ve been thinking about which actor could replace Skarsgård to play Eric if HBO ever reboots the show. Keep reading to see the actors that make the cut!
Ian Somerhalder and Robert Pattinson are worthy of playing Eric Northman
One of them broods and sparkles, and the other is ruthless and impulsive, but they’re both teen heartthrobs. We saw Robert Pattinson play Edward Cullen in circa 2008 when the first ‘Twilight’ chapter arrived in the theatres. Pattinson as Edward was usually charming and polite, dazzled and intimidated everyone around him, and was quite persuasive. While he played a mysterious and secretive character, he was also confident.
Pattinson’s acting prowess knows no bounds and it’d be fun to see him play a different kind of vampire. He’s a very versatile actor he has even donned the cape to play Batman! Pattinson would be a great fit for Eric Northman, and we can see him nail the role.
Then there’s Ian Somerhalder’s portrayal of Damon Salvatore that made our hearts skip a beat. He perfectly fits into Damon’s shoes and could portray him as dangerous, sinister, cold-hearted, and unkind. But like Eric’s character, we see Damon grow into a kinder, simpler guy who is doing the best he can. Like Skarsgård’s Eric, Ian’s Damon knows to make an entrance, hold an audience, and completely captivate them. The showrunners should make a ‘True Blood’ reboot already and cast Ian Somerhalder immediately!
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Tom Ellis aka Lucifer is an obvious casting choice for the ‘True Blood’ reboot!
A ‘True Blood’ reboot with Tom Ellis as Eric Northman is a reboot we’d love to see!
Tom Ellis needs no introduction, his portrayal of Lucifer Morningstar in the Netflix series ‘Lucifer’ says it all. Tom Ellis and Alexander Skarsgård have both played charismatic, highly-sexual characters that deliver the most ludicrous lines with utmost disdain.
Like Skarsgård, Ellis can portray traits like being guarded and calculative, but ever-ready to protect the one he cares for. Their characters are quite similar too! They don’t care for hurting humans unless they cross them, and learn to survive the perils of the world. Like Eric, Lucifer doesn’t have many friends, but the ones that love him would happily follow him to hell.
Tom Ellis is a great actor and could easily adapt to Eric’s charismatic self. And who wouldn’t want to see him play a vampire? We’re sure he’d do a great job and win Eric Northman’s popularity back in no time.
Joseph Morgan and Josh Holloway could easily bag the role of Eric Northman
Klaus Mikaelson, an original vampire from ‘The Vampire Diaries’ and ‘The Originals’ fame, was played by British actor Joseph Morgan. His portrayal of the gregarious, strong-willed Klaus is remembered even years after the show ended! In fact, Morgan’s acting skills helped popularise the character and his story, and he even starred in a spinoff show!
Joseph Morgan’s portrayal of Klaus definitely reminds us of Alexander Skarsgård, when he played Eric!
If there is a ‘True Blood’ reboot in the future, we’d love to see Morgan cast as Eric Northman.
Our final choice of actor for Eric Northman is one of our favourites! Josh Holloway won hearts as Sawyer on ‘Lost’ and proved that he can act like just about anyone. His frown and ability to put on a tough front to disguise a tender heart makes him a natural fit for Eric. Alexander Skarsgård will always be our first choice for Eric Northman in a ‘True Blood’ reboot, but these actors are just as talented! Here’s hoping that ‘True Blood’ gets a reboot soon so we can have Eric Northman grace our television screens again. Until then, we’ll be patiently waiting.
Which of these actors would you love to see play Eric Northman in a ‘True Blood’ reboot? Let us know in the comments.