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.
— Josh Boone (@JoshBooneMovies) May 4, 2016
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:
— Christopher Rice (@chrisricewriter) May 4, 2016
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”…