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Is Jared Leto ‘Interview With the Vampire’s’ New Lestat?!

Remember when Warner Bros. announced that Jared Leto would be playing Joker in Suicide Squad? Yeah, people lost their shit. Then, when the first image was released, they lost their shit even more.

Look, I like Leto. He was awesome in Fincher’s Fight Club and Panic Room, not to mention Requiem for a Dream and American Psycho. I really don’t understand the hatred. But alas, people will hate.

With that said, is Leto going to be the new Lestat in the mixed adaptation of Anne Rice’s “Interview With the Vampire” and “The Vampire Lestate”, or are we being trolled by writer/director Josh Boone?

Just yesterday, Boone shared a completed screenplay for Interview With the Vampire that he’s co-written with Jill Killington. It confirmed that Universal Pictures is still developing the new universe, dubbed The Vampire Chronicles.

Then, Boone took to Twitter to drop the below bomb, which means one of three things: He’s fucking with fans, he’s personally campaigning for Leto, or Leto is the new Vampire Lestat.

If Leto has been cast as Lestat, he would follow in the footsteps of Tom Cruise, who played the character in Neil Jordan’s 1994 Interview With the Vampire, and Stuart Townsend in the 2002 Queen of the Damned adaptation.

An interesting addition is that Chris Rice (writer and son of Anne Rice), tweeted this response:

Universal has already announced that they are bringing the The Mummy, which stars Tom Cruise, to us in June of 2017 and The Invisible Man, which stars Johnny Depp, in April 2018. But now they’re giving us yet another classic monster tale on February 15th, 2019, with plans for The Wolf Man, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Frankenstein, and Dracula on the way, too.

Hopefully there will be some official news soon. Until then, what do you guys think of Leto as Lestat? His character in Fight Club was called “Angel Face”…


17 Comments
  • Royal Rican Prince

    He was GREAT in the Dallas Buyer’s Club!

    • alwayswipetwice

      He’s great in everything. He may be an egocentric narcissist, but on screen he’s fucking GOLD.
      (I’ve never seen Interview though, so I suppose whatever opinion I have on this casting is moot. But a vampire is a perfect role for him.)

      • Kari’s Kreations

        Jared is FAR from egotistical or narsisstic!! I’m an echelon and know for a fact he can do anything, will go far and beyond what’s expected of him, and just like as the joker, KILL the roll. If he’s ‘in it.’.

  • Darkness69

    Loved Stuart as Lestat, and LOVED Cruise in the same role. I’d be interested in what Leto can bring to the table, only if it’s not overly pretentious and coloured with unnecessary stuff.

  • Phendranah

    Leto could do a fantastic job. To me, it just seems like a roll he would pick up and run with no problems!

  • thegunshow

    I’m on board.

  • oh_riginal

    Having read 4-5 of the Vampire Chronicles novels, I could see him pulling off Lestat pretty well. Tom Cruise is the standard, as Stuart Townsend wasn’t anything special in the role, but that may have been a result of him being a part of the far inferior of the two movies based on the books so far.

    Queen of the Damned was a terrible movie, actually. There was no reason they should have skipped the second novel almost entirely.

  • DarklingMagick

    This is a guy who thinks sticky playboy magazines and used condoms in the mail entails method acting for The Joker. You really think he’d pick up an Anne Rice novel to understand Lestat? Can we get the guy who played Eric in True Blood instead?

  • Rae

    I think he might actually be Lestat. Having read all the Vampire Chronicles. Just look at the guy he hasn’t aged in 25 years. And doesn’t this guy also fancy himself a Rockstar. It would be just like Lestat. To play himself in a movie under the false pretense of being a mortal man. It would be like a Vampire pretending to be a human pretending to be a Vampire….. where have we heard that before. The ultimate Trolling.

  • Darth_Siskel

    Well…that’s a movie that doesn’t need a remake

  • Bill Wilson

    Only if he has “Vampire” tattooed on his forehead.

  • Monica McaGeen

    There is NO reason absolutely NO reason to RE-MaKe IWTV!

  • Daniel Anderson

    Not so much as the joker. Lestat, I think he’ll do nicely. Just as long as “Queen of the damned” gets remade properly after, plz.

  • Halloween_Vic

    For one like I stated before Interview with the vampire does not need a remake like wtf hollywood really? Can’t come up with something original? And two, he actually has the look to make a sexy ass Vampire. I can see it.

  • jurgmandr

    God don’t remake Interview with the Vampire. just do Vampire Lestat. That one at least has a more interesting premise plus Leto is a legit rock star which would enhance those scenes in the movie where he’s on stage/performing. He’d do a fine job as Lestat imo.

  • ultrazilla2000

    This book series deserves better than a movie or remake. It’s The Vampire Chronicles, why not do it as a series on HBO or Showtime where they can really flesh it out. They did it with Game of Thrones, Walking Dead…hell, they even did it on the CW with the Barfpire Diaries. No more condensed storylines for theaters!

  • VD65

    I like Jared Leto but this is an adaptation. Many have been made of other books so quit complaining about this. We have younger generations that don’t relate to those in the first movie. This one will be different but I would like them to pick the actor for Lestat realistically and looking like the description in the book. Tall, blond with curly hair and at least able to do a slight French accent. Louie is the main focus of the first book and must be someone striking or people won’t like it because Brad PItt played it the last time, an incredibly handsome man. I fear what might tank this one is not the fact they are calling it a reboot but the actors they choose to play the parts that don’t remotely resemble the description of them in the books. They could at least do that because they will have to condense everything. I will keep an open mind about this but the first suggestion of who to play Lestat turns me off. Perhaps make him the journalist.

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