True Blood creator Alan Ball revealed details of the casting of his HBO series, saying at the Vulture festival: "I read Benedict Cumberbatch. He came and read for Bill. ... Jessica Chastain read for Sookie. Jennifer Lawrence read for, in season 3 there's this werepanther girl, and she was great." Lawrence was 17 at the time, and too young to play Jason's girlfriend. He also discussed Anna Paquin's casting: "Anna wanted this role so bad. Poor thing, she read like five times and I was like oh, do we buy her as Southern? Do we buy her as Sookie Stackhouse?" he said. ALSO: Ball reveals his True Blood musical is a tragic opera about going back into the closet.