Chris Meloni in Talks For Role on ‘True Blood’

Could you imagine the dude who played anti-sex-crimes crusader Det. Eliot Stabler on the campy HBO hit True Blood?

Chris Meloni- who has proven time and again that he can be super serious in a show that borders on the silly- is reportedly in talks to hook up with the premium cable vampire drama. Meloni has worked for HBO in the past, on the prison drama Oz, and a role on True Blood‘s fifth season would mark the actor’s return to the channel for the first time since his the jailhouse series ended.

Season five of True Blood is thought to center around the fifth installment of the Sookie Stackhouse series of books by Charlaine Harris, Dead as a Doornail. Book fans will tell you, however, that the TV series has verged significantly from the show’s plotlines, and it would seem that if any part of the book series is a good time to branch out, Book Five is a strong candidate. (The plot deals mainly with shifter tensions in Bon Temps.) It’s said that Meloni is in line for a “major” role as a vampire in one of the upcoming season’s plotlines, but little else is known about who the SVU star would be portraying or even if the character is one yet known to fans of both the show and the books.

TVLine broke the news, and here’s what they had to say about Meloni’s True Blood talks:

TVLine has learned exclusively that the former Law & Order: SVU front man is circling what my sources are calling a “major role” in the show’s upcoming fifth season.

But what role? An HBO rep declined to comment, but I hear Meloni — who’s currently shooting a top-secret role in TheMan of Steel — is in talks to play (duh) an incredibly powerful vampire.

Do you think Meloni would be a good addition to the True Blood cast, or will he always be Stabler to you? [ETA: Some unsubstantiated blogosphere rumors have Meloni in talks to play Quinn, a suitor of Sookie’s through a several-book story arc.]