Peter Mensah Joins ‘True Blood’ Season 5

The co-star of "Spartacus: Vengeance" will portray a vampire in the upcoming season of HBO's hit series.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

This summer, Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) have yet another new enemy to contend with in their conflict with the Vampire Authority.

Deadline is reporting that Peter Mensah has signed on for the fifth season of "True Blood" as Kibwe, a Chancellor for the Authority. The story notes that Kibwe hails from Africa and that he is working towards "mainstreaming" the Authority.

Mensah is currently best known as Oenomaus on "Spartacus: Vengeance" and the preceding season and prequel on Starz, Mensah has also appeared in several TV series, including "Star Trek: Enterprise," "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," "The Pretender," "Witchblade," "Relic Hunter" and "Highlander: The Raven." Mensah has also appeared in the films "300," "Hidalgo," "Avatar" and "Tears of The Sun."

Other notable additions to the cast of "True Blood" this season include Chris Meloni ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"), Christopher Heyerdahl ("Hell on Wheels"), Kelly Overton ("The Ring Two"), Louis Herthum ("The Last Exorsism"), Lucy Griffiths ("Robin Hood") and Valentina Cervi ("Zen").

"True Blood" will premiere its fifth season this summer, only on HBO!