Basketball star Metta World Peace has landed a role in a new vampire comedy.
The Lakers player will be playing “a gregarious and overly sexual vampire elder" on the series Real Vampire Housewives, which chronicles the lives of women who are married to vampires.
“Metta is charismatic, very funny, one of a kind on and off the court and throws himself into everything he does,” said producer Robert A. Parada. “All of these are traits you’d expect from one of these mythical creatures.”
The show's co-producer Andre Jetmir also says the basketball player is perfect for the role. “Robert mentioned Metta World Peace and it was yes in an instant," said Jetmir. "Metta is perfect as a vampire; he is physically intimidating in an Alpha-male way, very charming, a little mischievous and he has a raw sexuality I think most actors try to find when they play a vampire."
The series is set to begin shooting in the fall.