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Anne Rice's 'Vampire Chronicles' Returns, Who is Lestat?!
by Deaana (deaana)
at August 14th, 2009 (06:37 pm)

Anne Rice's 'Vampire Chronicles' Returns, Who is Lestat?!
Friday, August 14, 2009
By: MrDisgusting

We've been scrambling all week to confirm the following report, especially since it came from a very reliable source and is insanely logical considering the popularity of vampires these days. I guess something good has come from the success of Twilight as Bloody Disgusting has learned exclusively that Universal Pictures is looking to restart Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles, which tells the tale of the vampire Lestat Du Lioncort (through his narration), a nobleman-turned-vampire in the late 18th century. No word yet on how they plan on unrolling this franchise, but we did find out who they are talking with to replace Tom Cruise and Stuart Townsend. Read on for the skinny.

We have confirmed this afternoon that ROBERT DOWNEY JR. is in close talks to play the vampire Lestat in Universal Pictures' The Vampire Chronicles, a newly rebooted franchise based on Anne Rice's popular novels.

Lestat appears as a major character in both motion picture adaptations of The Vampire Chronicles novels. In Neil Jordan's 1994 film adaptation of Interview with the Vampire, he is portrayed by Tom Cruise. In the 2002 film adaptation of Queen of the Damned, he is played by Stuart Townsend.

The Vampire Chronicles is a series of novels by Anne Rice that revolves around the fictional character Lestat de Lioncourt, a French nobleman made into a vampire in the 18th century.

From Wiki: The Vampire Chronicles

Interview with the Vampire (1976)
The Vampire Lestat (1985)
The Queen of the Damned (1988)
The Tale of the Body Thief (1992)
Memnoch the Devil (1995)
The Vampire Armand (1998)
Merrick (2000)
Blood and Gold (2001)
Blackwood Farm (2002)
Blood Canticle (2003)

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Posted by: Schizophrenic? I'm bleeding Quadrophenic (qween_tartii)
Posted at: August 14th, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC)
johnny and marion

Oh God. I love me some RDJ, but I'm not sure I can see him as Lestat. Still, anything's a step up from Stuart Townsend, I suppose.



Posted by: key (keyjahn)
Posted at: August 15th, 2009 12:16 am (UTC)

he wasn't sooo bad...better than Tom Cruise

Posted by: a villain of sorts. (enthroned)
Posted at: August 15th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)

Honestly, as much as I HATE Tom Cruise, he was actually NOT a bad Lestat.

Perhaps a bit old.

But oh god speaking of WAY TOO OLD, RDJ?! *cries*

Posted by: key (keyjahn)
Posted at: August 15th, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)

oh no, I don't think Tom Cruise was a bad Lestat...
he fit to the "bad" Lestat

and yes...far too old!

Posted by: Schizophrenic? I'm bleeding Quadrophenic (qween_tartii)
Posted at: August 15th, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)
vampire strike

I didn't actually mind Tom as Lestat. If they handed out awards for overacting he'd be a shoo in but at least he seemed to be having fun with it.

Posted by: a villain of sorts. (enthroned)
Posted at: August 14th, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC)
ALICE ❧ down the rabbit hole

... WHAT?!

Robert Downey Junior as Lestat? There is no way this is true.

Oh god. Just...WHAT.

Posted by: key (keyjahn)
Posted at: August 14th, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)

you are not alone

Posted by: key (keyjahn)
Posted at: August 14th, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)

O.O

That is a surprise...
Why do they make it now...(why not before QotD)?

I thought IF they make a new movie it would be on of the following books...

but Robert Downey jr.???

I CAN'T picture him as lestat...
1st in blond?
and...hmmm
weird...

Posted by: Schizophrenic? I'm bleeding Quadrophenic (qween_tartii)
Posted at: August 15th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
fucking vampires

Not to mention the fact that he's just too old. Lestat was in his twenties when he was turned, right? RDJ is is 44, for crying out loud! They might as well just cast Tom Cruise again *shudders in horror*

Posted by: key (keyjahn)
Posted at: August 15th, 2009 12:16 am (UTC)

why do I have a flashback now of Andonio Banderas as Armand???

Posted by: a villain of sorts. (enthroned)
Posted at: August 15th, 2009 12:23 am (UTC)

THIS. D:

Posted by: Nessa/Kelli (nessa5)
Posted at: August 15th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)

I agree, he's too old and not blond..

Posted by: Deaana (deaana)
Posted at: August 15th, 2009 12:21 am (UTC)

Skarsgard's blond, *chuckle*

Posted by: The Evil Genius (marked_brow)
Posted at: August 15th, 2009 01:05 am (UTC)

but fucking HOT...

v-v


ack, this disturbs me so...

Posted by: Mistress of Harlots and Abominations (zombiejanedoe)
Posted at: August 15th, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)

*curses*

Posted by: [『 superjoyfultime 』] (superjoyfultime)
Posted at: August 15th, 2009 06:21 am (UTC)
Flames

honestly that kind of makes me nervous.
hahah no RDJ

Posted by: Clare (wandaxmaximoff)
Posted at: August 15th, 2009 09:33 am (UTC)
Louis - Didn't

Agreed, as much as I like RDJ (esp as Iron Man) he is not Lestat.

I don't know who I'd cast in the role ... but not him ...

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