Stephen Moyer

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The hills are alive with…a handsome vampire.

NBC announced today that True Blood's Stephen Moyer has been cast in their live holiday production of The Sound of Music, airing on Thursday, Dec. 5.

Moyer will play the lead role of World War I hero Capt. Georg Von Trapp, the single father of seven who falls in love with Maria, the woman he hired to take care of his children.

Besides playing Bill Compton on HBO's True Blood, Moyer recently starred in the Hollywood Bowl's production of Chicago, where he played attorney Billy Flynn.

American Idol alum and country music superstar Carrie Underwood is set to play Maria, a part made famous by Tony-winner Mary Martin in 1959 and Julie Andrews in the 1965 film version.

"Speaking for everyone at NBC, we couldn't be happier to have the gifted Carrie Underwood take up the mantle of the great Maria von Trapp," NBC's chairman Bob Greenblatt said in a statement. "She was an iconic woman who will now be played by an iconic artist."

NBC is partnering with Smash's producing team of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron for their Sound of Music special.

(E! News and NBC are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)

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