Robert Downey Jr. is the man of the hour. Not only can he play just about any type of character (funny, suave, serious, or all three at the same time), but studios want him to play just about every role as well. And can you blame them? I saw the dude in person at Comic-Con, and even I had a hard time fighting the urge to run on stage and hug him. Now it looks is though RDJ has his eyes on Twilight moms.
According to Bloody Disgusting, Robert Downey Jr. is almost done closing a deal to take over the highly coveted role of Lestat, the head honcho vampire of a reboot adaptation of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. For those who don’t remember, the role of Lestat has already been played by Stuart Townshend in Queen of the Damned and Tom Cruise in the vastly superior Interview with the Vampire. It’s not yet known how this new series will take place, as there are 10 Anne Rice novels, but if it’s a reboot, it’s safe to assume that they’ll be starting up with the first novel, Interview with the Vampire.
It’s not big news at all that Universal Pictures is deciding to reboot this franchise at this time. Vampires are huge, and a Robert Downey Jr. vampire? Well, that’s just good business. With the right director and a good screenplay (Yo Guillermo, how about you take some time off those lame Hobbit movies and get on this?), this could definitely be something to look forward to, but with a great adaptation of Interview already out there in the world, I hope they let that one go and start with The Vampire Lestat.
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