July 15th, 2011
02:46 PM ET
"True Blood" stars Joe Manganiello and Alexander Skarsgard are hailed as some of the hottest in the steamy series, and now fans can admire them on a bigger screen.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Manganiello - known to "True Blood" fans as Alcide - has joined the cast of "What to Expect When You're Expecting," a romantic comedy already filled to the brim with big names.
Following four couples bound for parenthood, the movie stars Jennifer Lopez as a woman having trouble conceiving, Cameron Diaz as a fitness instructor, and Brooklyn Decker as a mom-to-be of twins whose easy pregnancy sparks envy.
Manganiello's character also inspires jealousy in the film, as the 34-year-old star is playing a globe-trotting photographer whose lifestyle some of the dads can only dream about. "I had done a ton of comedy before 'True Blood,'" the actor told the Hollywood Reporter of the part. "So getting to do some of it during my hiatus is something I'm really looking forward to."
Chris Rock, Anna Kendrick, Ed Helms and Isla Fisher are also a part of the film, which arrives in May, 2012.
Meanwhile, Skarsgard is producing and starring in a Viking-themed movie tentatively titled "The Vanguard." According to Variety, "Vanguard's" in a similar vein to "Gladiator" and "Braveheart," and will tell the story of two warrior Viking brothers who try to return to Sweden after being exiled to the America.
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