Law & Order: SVU fans rejoice, Chris Meloni has now officially signed on as a series regular for True Blood, starting season five.

Entertainment Weekly reports that he’ll play an “ancient and powerful vampire who holds the fate of Bill and Eric in his hands”.

It’s a return to US cable network HBO for Meloni, who shot to fame as Chris Keller in the homoerotic prison drama Oz from 1998-2003.

The 50-year-old muscle daddy is currently shooting a top-secret role in the new Superman reboot, The Man of Steel.

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