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Cast This: The Vampire Lestat

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Tis the season for vampires! Ready for blood suckers of the non-sparkly variety? Looks like it’s time to put your casting knowledge to good use as we find the perfect fit for the Vampire Lestat.

Back at the beginning of this month it was announced that Universal picked up the rights to Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles which is spread out across ten books. Most of you will be familiar with the first of Rice’s novels to hit the big screen—1994s INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE—which fronted two major movie starts at the time. The one and only Tom Cruise was the first to take on the role of the Brat Prince. Then 2002 brought the adaptation of QUEEN OF THE DAMNED with Stuart Townsend in the leading role.

Upon hearing about the casting of Cruise, Rice thought of placing the actor in the role as “bizarre” especially after Cruise made remarks of always wanting to be part of a “creature feature”. Rice wanted someone more like Jeremy Irons or John Malkovich. When the movie came out, Rice changed her tune saying that he did a wonderful job channeling her most beloved character. So who does the author have her eyes on now? As a long time fan of Rice, I follow her on both Twitter and Facebook. From time to time she will drop ideas of which actors remind her of Lestat. Recent suggestions have centered on two of Rice’s favorite shows at the moment—HELL ON WHEELS’ Anson Mount and ARROW’s Stephen Amell. The wildcard here? Chris Hemsworth. Ever since she mentioned Mount, I can’t get that choice out of my head. Between the previous two portrayals of Lestat, Cruise wins for me, hands down. I think this was a side of him that audiences hadn’t experienced, and in my opinion, is one of his best roles to date.

Whomever we choose will have to carry the franchise over the foreseeable future. I’m wondering if you guys have any good, out of left field ideas for Lestat. The role will be a good one for any actor to play, but I think this is one that you have to be careful with. Actually, you have to be careful with this entire franchise. Rice’s novels reach outside of the bounds of what we previously know of television and movie vampires. There’s a mature spin that if one isn’t careful could easily slip into QUEEN OF THE DAMNED territory. The novels are beautifully written and deserve good treatment on everything from the script right down to the location setting.

However, finding that perfect fit for Lestat is key. So who is it going to be, schmoes?

RESULTS FROM PREVIOUS 'CAST THIS': Indiana Jones:

1.Chris Pratt 2. James Marsden 3. Timothy Olyphant

You guys are sweet rallying behind Harrison Ford like that. I’m sure he deeply appreciates it. He’s the man. He’s the legend. Harrison Ford is Indy, just like he’s Han Solo. However, casting “no one” is not the name of the game here, or in Hollyweird. If we could send young Ford back here and get him to take on new Indy adventures, I’d be all f*cking for it. Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen. So if it does have to happen, for those of you who didn’t answer “no one”—Chris Pratt takes it all. Next up is James Marsden and at a very distant third is Timothy Olyphant.

Source: JoBlo.com

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11:40PM on 09/20/2014

Lestat casting

The new Highlander, Sam Heughan. And he is a natural blond :)
The new Highlander, Sam Heughan. And he is a natural blond :)
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11:43AM on 09/01/2014
Yet the response for casting Indy was so overwhelmingly "no one" that you should've had that as the top choice. We know that's not how Hollywood works, but this is joblo... This is for average schmoes who deserve to have their opinions acknowledged. This site is for us... There's so many movie sites out there, this is a site with average men and women who love movies. This is the only place where "no one" could and should be an acceptable answer and you should've allowed that.


Lestat, def
Yet the response for casting Indy was so overwhelmingly "no one" that you should've had that as the top choice. We know that's not how Hollywood works, but this is joblo... This is for average schmoes who deserve to have their opinions acknowledged. This site is for us... There's so many movie sites out there, this is a site with average men and women who love movies. This is the only place where "no one" could and should be an acceptable answer and you should've allowed that.


Lestat, def onboard with Tom Hiddleston. For an unknown name... Broadway's Hugh Panaro or Drew Sarich could have their television break playing a character they played on a Broadway.
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1:38PM on 08/30/2014
Paul Bettany gets my vote. I want to see a return of Cruise's more sociopathic Lestat instead of Townsend whiny Lestat. IMO Paul would be perfect for this.
He hasn't been in good movie in a while and is due another chance.
Paul Bettany gets my vote. I want to see a return of Cruise's more sociopathic Lestat instead of Townsend whiny Lestat. IMO Paul would be perfect for this.
He hasn't been in good movie in a while and is due another chance.
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4:52AM on 08/30/2014

Tom Hiddleston.

Never thought of him till I read the comments below, but he'd be a perfect choice.
Never thought of him till I read the comments below, but he'd be a perfect choice.
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6:41PM on 08/29/2014
Benedict Cumberbatch would be good.
Benedict Cumberbatch would be good.
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6:21PM on 08/29/2014
First choice: Tom Cruise. They can CGI him to make him look young. If not, Tom Hiddleston, dude has the vampire look and he is a good actor as well.
First choice: Tom Cruise. They can CGI him to make him look young. If not, Tom Hiddleston, dude has the vampire look and he is a good actor as well.
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3:57PM on 08/29/2014
i'm thinking Ethan hawke, Simon Pegg, Logan Lerman, or for something way from out of left field Jet Li.
i'm thinking Ethan hawke, Simon Pegg, Logan Lerman, or for something way from out of left field Jet Li.
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10:58AM on 08/29/2014

Tom Hiddleston

All the way. He has the charm, the wit, the coolness and most importantly, he looks scary and psychotic.

Plus he has the looks.
All the way. He has the charm, the wit, the coolness and most importantly, he looks scary and psychotic.

Plus he has the looks.
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10:49AM on 08/29/2014
I'm going to throw a little Tom Cruise love out as well. When he was cast as Lestat, people went apeshit, including Anne Rice herself. But after the film came out and people saw how well he did, it changed a lot of minds. Tom Cruise did an excellent job as Lestat. I'm not saying I would cast him again. But I wouldn't be upset to see him reprise the role, that's for sure.
I'm going to throw a little Tom Cruise love out as well. When he was cast as Lestat, people went apeshit, including Anne Rice herself. But after the film came out and people saw how well he did, it changed a lot of minds. Tom Cruise did an excellent job as Lestat. I'm not saying I would cast him again. But I wouldn't be upset to see him reprise the role, that's for sure.
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9:21AM on 08/29/2014
Tom Hiddleston

He has that natural "animal on the hunt" look to him, and he can go from charming to scary at the drop of a hat.
Tom Hiddleston

He has that natural "animal on the hunt" look to him, and he can go from charming to scary at the drop of a hat.
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10:46AM on 08/29/2014
Oh that is a good casting there. I like it.
Oh that is a good casting there. I like it.
8:55AM on 08/29/2014

Lestat needs to be tall and blond

Chris Hemsworth would be excellent as Lestat. Alexander Skarsgard is a no-brainer as well.

Tom Cruise was horribly miscast as Lestat, IMO. He's a good enough actor that he made it work but the roles really should have been switched - Brad Pitt looked a lot more like the Lestat of the book.
Chris Hemsworth would be excellent as Lestat. Alexander Skarsgard is a no-brainer as well.

Tom Cruise was horribly miscast as Lestat, IMO. He's a good enough actor that he made it work but the roles really should have been switched - Brad Pitt looked a lot more like the Lestat of the book.
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8:31AM on 08/29/2014
Am I crazy for thinking Zac Efron would make a great Lestat?
Am I crazy for thinking Zac Efron would make a great Lestat?
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12:09PM on 08/29/2014
Yes. You are.
Yes. You are.
8:29AM on 08/29/2014
Tom Cruise.

He can still pull it off as far as I am concerned.
Tom Cruise.

He can still pull it off as far as I am concerned.
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8:20AM on 08/29/2014
Tom Cruise! He can still totally pull off Lestat!!!
Tom Cruise! He can still totally pull off Lestat!!!
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6:42AM on 08/29/2014

luke319's idea is awesome

Cillian Murphy, yeah! Excellent, excellent choice.
Cillian Murphy, yeah! Excellent, excellent choice.
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5:11AM on 08/29/2014
Jared Leto.
Jared Leto.
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5:04AM on 08/29/2014
Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattinson
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4:06AM on 08/29/2014
Tom Cruise. The man looks like he's only aged six or seven years in the past twenty. With that pasty make-up on, he'll probably look almost the same.
Tom Cruise. The man looks like he's only aged six or seven years in the past twenty. With that pasty make-up on, he'll probably look almost the same.
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3:43AM on 08/29/2014

Cillian Murphy

Dude was born to play a vampire, and he deserves a break.
Dude was born to play a vampire, and he deserves a break.
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3:12AM on 08/29/2014
Tom Cruise.
Tom Cruise.
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