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Acclaimed gothic novelist Anne Rice’s bestselling debut novel, Interview with the Vampire—first published in May 1976—has an upcoming TV series. The series, which has eight episodes, will “lean into the original books’ gay subtext,” Screen Rant reports.
I admittedly have not read any of Anne Rice’s books, but I have watched the 1994 Interview with the Vampire movie (it’s currently on Netflix). It stars Tom Cruise, who played the role of Lestat de Lioncourt; Brad Pitt, who played the role of Louis de Pointe du Lac; Antonio Banderas who was a vampire named Armand; Christian Slater, a reporter named Daniel Molloy who interviewed Louis; and Kirsten Dunst, a dying girl named Claudia whom Lestat had turned into a vampire. In addition, I have also watched Michael Rymer’s 2002 movie Queen of the Damned, which stars Stuart Townsend as Lestat, Aaliyah as Akasha, and Matthew Newton as Armand.
I loved both films, so I’m excited about the TV series, most especially since it will be exploring the story’s gay subtext that had been incredibly muted in the movie. And yes, Anne Rice did confirm in an interview that Louis and Lestat are a same-sex couple, and Claudia is their child.
Anyway, AMC’s new series adaptation stars Australian actor Sam Reid (Lestat) while Jacob Anderson—best known for his character Grey Worm in Game of Thrones—plays the role of Louis. Meanwhile, veteran actor Eric Bogosian will be taking on the role of reporter Daniel Molloy, and Avatar actress Bailey Bass will be playing Claudia.
The trailer, for me, was attention-grabbing. The time is 1910 and it is set in New Orleans. The viewers are presented with a tortured Louis running to the priest for help. Louis tells him, “Bless me, Father, f-for I have sinned. I have laid down with the devil, and I can’t think nothing anymore.”
But, just by entertaining Louis’s confession, the priest got caught up in the crossfire and was sent to his bloody end. Lestat then tells Louis, “You don’t fear me, Louis. You fear yourself.”
You can start watching Interview with the Vampire on October 2, both on AMC and AMC+.