Alexander Skarsgard will break away from his role as a sexy vampire with viking blood on True Blood to play a regular sexy viking with WB's purchase of The Vanguard, a viking epic in which Skarsgard will star in and produce.

He will play one of two vikin brothers who embark on a mission back to their native Sweden after getting banned from North America. The script is written by Chris Boal, who is having a career day with Warner Bros, having just gotten the greenlight for his Julius Caesar script earlier today. See kids? It pays to be a history buff.

According to Variety, the film is expected to be a tentpole for Warner, along the lines of a Braveheart or Gladiator. He should be careful, though. His success with this film could seriously hurt his camp value as an actor on True Blood. Just something to think about.