The small-screen adaptation of Anne Rice’s horror masterwork is getting all its pieces into place.
Interview with the Vampire–the eight-episode first season of the series that does not yet have an official debut date on AMC and AMC+–is based on the 1976 Rice bestseller and the 1994 feature film. And two more cast members were announced this week, according to a report in Variety.
Christian Robinson (The First Purge) has been cast as Levi, described as an “upstanding Baptist from the Louisiana country”, who becomes romantically involved with Grace, the sister of Louis, one of the show’s vampire leads (played by Jacob Anderson). Grace will be portrayed by Kalyne Coleman–this will be Coleman’s first onscreen acting credit.
The rest of the cast includes Sam Reid as the vampire Lestat and Bailey Bass as Claudia, the 10-year-old girl who is “brought into the Blood” by Lestat and Louis, who raise her as their “daughter”.
Rice–who passed away last year–will be credited as an executive producer of the series, along with her son Christopher and Mark Johnson. Rolin Jones (Boardwalk Empire) serves as screenwriter and showrunner, and Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) will direct the first two episodes.
Johnson said the challenge of adapting this work to the small screen is “both intimidating and exhilarating. I believe that, with AMC and Rolin Jones, we are equipped to meet this challenge and to thrill and entertain the loyal Anne Rice fans.”
The original film–directed by Neil Jordan from a screenplay by Rice–follows the adventures of Lestat and Louis, beginning with Louis’ transformation into a vampire by Lestat in 1791. The movie–which received generally positive reviews and two Oscar nominations–earned $224 million on a $60-million budget.
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