Fans of Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles were excited when the author announced last year that she had reclaimed the rights to her novels, writing on her Facebook page at the time, "A television series of the highest quality is now my dream for Lestat, Louis, Armand, Marius and the entire tribe." Excitement continued to grow after Paramount Television and production company Anonymous Content optioned the rights to eleven books from the best-selling series.
Since that time, more details were presented by Rice in a Facebook Q&A on how a televised version of The Vampire Chronicles would be structured, including: The Vampire Lestat will be covered in the first season; Interview With The Vampire will be getting its own season; brand new characters will be introduced; and Lestat will most likely not speak directly to the viewers.
All of that's fine and great…but who's actually going to play Lestat de Lioncourt? Rice doesn't have a clue…and she's taken to Facebook to get your help deciding:
"Guys, we talk a lot about who can play Lestat. And we all know that if we don't get that right, nothing else may matter. This is one series in which the star plays a super hero role. I am thinking an unknown will come to us for the part. But who are the up and coming young actors you all see and want to suggest? Include pix if you can. And any data. I love reading your responses."
So far, Rice has received well over 500 responses to her post, with fans pitching actors such as Bill Skarsgard (It), Evan Peters (American Horror Story), and I See Stars frontman Devin Oliver for the role (though as of this writing, not a single pitch for "Ray Flook" has been posted…yet). Lestat has been brought to the big screen twice: by Tom Cruise in Interview With The Vampire and by Stuart Townsend in Queen of the Damned.
Christopher Rice will write the series; and executive produce the series alongside Rice as well as Anonymous Content's David Kanter and Steve Golin.
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