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Alexander Skarsgard, handsome Swedish star of HBO’s hit vampire drama True Blood, will sink his teeth into a feature film role opposite Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan.

The actor has joined the cast of What Maisie Knew, a comedy drama from co-directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel that centers on a six-year-old girl and the effect her parents’ divorce has on her already fragile existence. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Moore and Coogan play Maisie’s divorcing parents, while Skarsgard will appear as Moore’s new husband.

When we tell you that the story fueling Maisie is timeless, we’re not exaggerating. McGehee and Siegel’s plot is being lifted from Henry James’ 1897 novel of the same name, though it is being updated to modern times and moved to Manhattan (where the production is expected to film later this year). Let's just hope they find a fresh and innovative way to tackle the idea of the "dysfunctional family" comedy.

Speaking of later this year, Skarsgard has a number of interesting film projects in the pipeline that we’re expected to see as 2011 races along. He’s part of Lars Von Trier’s apocalyptic ensemble for the anticipated drama Melancholia (which plays Cannes later this week). And he’s one of the vicious rednecks terrorizing James Marsden and Kate Bosworth – Skarsgard’s off-screen girlfriend – in Rod Lurie’s Straw Dogs remake, expected in theaters in September.

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