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INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE Author Anne Rice Reveals Who She’d Like to Play Lestat Next

Anne Rice is the horror author responsible for the “Vampire Chronicles,” a series of novels revolving around the life and times of vampires, specifically the vampire Lestat, who was most famously brought to life by Tom Cruise in the 1994 film Interview with the Vampire starring Brad Pitt and Kirsten Dunst. During production, Rice was notoriously outspoken about her disapproval of Cruise’s casting. However, she later changed her tune after she saw the film, writing an open letter celebrating his performance. The role was brought to life once again years later by Stuart Townsend in Queen of the Damned.

Last week, Rice announced a new entry in the “Vampire Chronicles” titled “Prince Lestat.” Due out this fall, she has wasted no time revealing who she’d like to play the “Brat Prince,” as Rice so lovingly refers to the title character.

After asking fans on her Facebook page who they’d like to see play the part next, she weighed in herself, saying that she’d like to see a superhero of sorts take on the role. Wrote Rice, “I love all the Lestats you’re posting on the page, the handsome actors and charmers. But let us not forget Chris Hemsworth who has Lestat’s square face, cheerful eyes, and voice. And let us not forget Stephen Amell either who also greatly resembles Lestat and has the body and face of a god; and also Anson Mount who seemed at times to be Lestat prowling the frontier in Hell on Wheels.”

Those names are definitely a different take on the character than Tom Cruise or Stuart Townsend. I’d love to see Chris Hemsworth take on the role. What about you? Who do you think Hollywood should cast as Lestat in the inevitable “Vampire Chronicles” reboot? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. cherie says:

    Ian  Somerhalder  would be perfect, he is stunningly beautifull   with the most mesmerizing blue eyes ever, and He plays a Vampire to Perfection.

  2. maria says:

    Ian somerhalder would be so awesome as Lestat, not only does he has the beauty and mesmerizing eyes , He is also awesome as Damon in TVD, and as a huge Fan of the Vampire Lestat II have always thought ,that Ian would be so great in portraying Him on Screen.

  3. Manuel Pena says:

    tom hardy will kill it!

  4. michi says:

    Lestat is young but manly , he was already a lion killer when he was made so Chris or Matthew M. They could both pull off youthful .

  5. Raine says:

    Charlie Hunnam would definitely rock the look…but not sure he has the chops to play the part

  6. Anson Mount would be awesome, but he might be too old. Haven’t seen him without the beard in ages, but he has the right intensity and malice. Hemsworth seems too noble

  7. Christy Lee says:

    Charlie Hunnam of “Sons Of Anarchy”

  8. GrouchyGran says:

    Stephen Amell would be perfect for the role. Give it to him already.

  9. Jacqueline says:

    Stephen Amell

  10. ladymashiro says:

    it would be interesting to see Chris Hemsworth take on the role..

  11. hablover says:

    To be more specific to the last post, Lestat is 20/21 when made a vampire.

  12. hablover says:

    All of these choices seem to old to me. Lestat in the book is physically a teenager. He is described as having an almost ethereal beauty. It’s been many years since I read the books. Am I wrong?

  13. Mona ELAZAB says:

    Stephen Amell would rock it

  14. Martin Heath says:

    I would love for Stephen Amell he would make the perfect replacement for Stuart Townsend.

  15. Meredith Knight says:

    Christian Bale or Benedict Cumberbatch.

  16. Karla says:

    I think Matthew McConaughey would be good. He is totally versitile and would make an excellent Lestat

  17. dawn says:

    would love to see Stuart Townsend take up his fangs again such an amazing actor played Lestat really well my opinion lol

  18. Esther says:

    Anson Mount FTW!

  19. Sendi says:

    Aston Mount is my fav!!