‘Interview With The Vampire’ AMC Series Casts Lestat

The bloodsuckers are starting to line up for an “interview”.

AMC Studios this week reported that Australian actor Sam Reid has signed on for the upcoming TV series adaptation of Anne Rice’s classic 1976 novel Interview with the Vampire, according to Deadline. Reid will play one of the leads, the powerful vampire Lestat, a part made famous by Tom Cruise in the 1994 film.

Reid last appeared on Foxtel in Lambs of God and in the four-part SBS series The Hunting. He also is cast in the upcoming ABC drama The Newsreader and in the feature film The Drover’s Wife, which debuts at the Melbourne International Film Festival.

The eight-episode first season–expected to start shooting in Paris and New Orleans later this year–will debut on AMC and AMC+ sometime in 2022. Alan Taylor (Mad MenGame of Thrones) is on board to direct the first two episodes, as reported here in Horror News Network.

The TV adaptation–led by showrunner and writer Rolin Jones (Weeds)–reportedly will be set in the present day and will feature actors of different ethnic backgrounds.

The 1994 film–directed by Neil Jordan from a screenplay by Rice herself–follows the vampires Lestat (Cruise) and Louis (Brad Pitt), starting with Louis’ transformation into a vampire by Lestat in 1791. The movie relates the adventures of the undead duo, including turning 10-year-old Claudia (Kirsten Dunst) into a vampire.

Keep reading Horror News Network for further updates and casting choices for this small-screen version of Interview with the Vampire.


Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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