Anna Paquin is heading to television as the lead in the drama, True Blood for HBO.

Alan Ball is directing the other cast, Ryan Kwanten and Sam Trammell; he also wrote the pilot and will serve as executive producer. Based on the Southern Vampire book series by Charlaine Harris, the show takes place in a world in which vampires can buy Japanese-made synthetic blood, says The Hollywood Reporter. Their integration into a small Louisiana town causes quite a stir, and a love story ensues between a vampire and Sookie Stackhouse (Paquin), an innocent waitress who can read people's minds. Kwanten will play the waitress' brother; Trammell will play the owner of the restaurant where she works.

No production schedule has been set for True Blood.