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Robert Downey Jr. Might Play Lestat in Vampire Chronicles

Word on the street is that the next vampire project will be a reboot of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles. In 1994, Rice's Interview With the Vampire was adapted for the big screen with Tom Cruise in the role of the vampire Lestat de Lioncort, "a nobleman-turned-vampire in the late 18th century." Later, in 2002, Stuart Townsend played Lestat in the movie Queen of the Damned. Now, apparently Universal wants to start up a new franchise based on the Chronicles — but this time with Robert Downey Jr. as Lestat.

According to Wikipedia (so, you know, grains of salt required), Rice did not initially like the idea of Tom Cruise in the role of Lestat. She reportedly said that Cruise was "'no more my Vampire Lestat than Edward G. Robinson is Rhett Butler' and the casting was 'so bizarre, it's almost impossible to imagine how it's going to work.' Nevertheless, she was satisfied with Cruise's performance after seeing the completed film, saying that 'from the moment he appeared, Tom was Lestat for me' and 'That Tom did make Lestat work was something I could not see in a crystal ball.'" If the RDJ thing ends up being true, I wonder what Rice will think of this casting choice. Personally, I think it's inspired. I'd love to see him in this role!

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duamethyst duamethyst 7 years
I'm happy to hear that RDJ is being considered as the next Lestat...personally I always thought that Sting would have made a great Lestat....
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
I think he could pull it off.
JazzyD JazzyD 8 years
These are just internet rumours. I never believe anything until it's confirmed by a spokesperson.
naziazholesusuck naziazholesusuck 8 years
tom will always be lestat to me. and brad, louis. i wish they would have made more vampire movies back then using those actors. i really love rdj though. but i see rdj as armand for some reason. would love to see the witch books made to movies. those were so good!
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 8 years
Maybe Kiera could play Pandora?
billyart101 billyart101 8 years
Tom as Lestat makes Interview with the Vampire my favorite of his films, and that's out of a lot of good films. He was spellbinding in the role? That said, do we have to have another movie with Lestat? Arent' there other fascinating Vampires in Rice's catalogue that are ready for their close up? I personally--whatever the project--really want to see Keira Knightley play a vampire. She'd be so wickedly divine as a sinister bloodsucker! Especially if her styling is within an inch of how gorgeous it was in The Duchess.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
IMO you cannot touch Tom Cruises Lestat.
Jepa Jepa 8 years
I do agree that RDJ is a really good actor and quite, quite delicious. But I think he’s to old, given that Lestat is supposed to look like he did when he died at 24 (if I remember correctly). I tried to come up with someone who would be better, but I’m drawing a blank. I would love to se someone new and fresh in the role.
corduroy1 corduroy1 8 years thoughts exactly
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
I'm skeptical of this casting call, but I'm surprised that there will be more Lestat movies at all after that disaster that was Queen of the Damned.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 8 years
Ha, I was just about to post that Anne Rice liked the idea according to her Facebook page. I love Lestat and I think Lestat does have a sense of humor that could be portrayed by RDJ. I would love to see Memnoch the Devil made.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 8 years
I really like RDJ but I cannot cannot cannot picture him as a vampire.
mediaddict000 mediaddict000 8 years
I just love RDJ, so the more of him, the better.
mudnessa mudnessa 8 years
I agree with annalisa, I don't think there is anyone out there that could actually be Lestat, especially if they are making a franchise considering all the things Lestat goes through and how they effect him in the chronicles. RDJ seems a bit old to play Lestat, if memory serves Lestat was quite young when turned.
Neuroticone Neuroticone 8 years
I think RDJ is a great actor but Lestat is suppose to be young and RDJ is definitely not.
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