‘True Blood’s’ Nelsan Ellis to Play Martin Luther King, Jr.


No True Blood character is more beloved than Lafayette Reynolds, who was slated to die at the end of the first season but is still around and getting into trouble as a medium thanks to his massive popularity among the show’s fans — which is, more than anything, due to Nelsan Ellis’ likable and nuanced performance in the role. So we’re thrilled and intrigued to learn that the actor has been cast in a very prestigious film role: Deadline reports that he will play none other than Martin Luther King, Jr. in The Butler, Lee Daniels’ forthcoming movie about a butler who worked in the White House for three decades. He joins an all-star cast that includes Liam Neeson, John Cusack, Nicole Kidman, Alan Rickman, Forest Whitaker, Melissa Leo, and Robin Williams, among other big names.