10:42am PT by Philiana Ng
'True Blood's' Stephen Moyer to Co-Star in NBC's 'Sound of Music'
True Blood's Stephen Moyer will star in NBC's The Sound of Music.
The British actor will appear opposite Carrie Underwood in the Dec. 5 live holiday production, NBC announced Friday.
Moyer will portray decorated World War I hero Capt. Georg Von Trapp, the single father of seven children. Living in Austria on the cusp of World War II, the militaristic but warm-hearted Von Trapp engages a young governess, Maria (Underwood), whom he hires to take care of his children.
Moyer's casting comes after the actor-director wrapped a three-night July run at the Hollywood Bowl in the musical production of Chicago, where he played lawyer Billy Flynn.
The three-hour production is based on the original 1959 Broadway production of The Sound of Music, which starred Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel. The play won the Tony Award as best musical, with Martin winning as best actress. The 1965 Sound of Music film adaptation starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, going on to win five Academy Awards, including best picture.
Moyer, a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, is best-known for playing Bill Compton in HBO’s True Blood. He is a U.K. theater veteran, having spent time with the National Theatre of Wales, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Oxford Stage Company and the Young Vic in England. Moyer has played the lead role in Romeo and Juliet and other productions.
The Sound of Music is executive produced by Neil Meron and Craig Zadan. Beth McCarthy-Miller and Rob Ashford will serve as directors.
Moyer is represented by WME in the U.S. and United Agents in the U.K. His manager is Lena Roklin.