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True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis to Play Martin Luther King Jr.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08:  Actor Nelsan Ellis attends Time Warner's "Beyond 9/11" Photo Exhibit and Screening at Milk Studios on September 8, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Time Warner)

Even as he begins shooting, director Lee Daniels continues to cast up The Butler, and the latest to join the decades-spanning White House tale is Nelsan Ellis, who plays Lafayette on True Blood. Deadline reports that Ellis has been cast in the pivotal role of Martin Luther King Jr. Well, that's at least one role Mariah Carey won't be playing, then.

Photo: Larry Busacca/2011 Getty Images