AMC's Interview with the Vampire TV series has reportedly found its new leading man. Game of Thrones’ Jacob Anderson, who portrayed Grey Worm on the HBO fantasy series, is set to play Louis de Pointe du Lac, the character that was played by Brad Pitt in the 1994 film. The horror series will see Anderson's Louis get ushered into the world of vampires by Lestat, played by Hatfields & McCoys alum Sam Reid.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Interview with the Vampire will allow Jacob Anderson to reteam with Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor, who is said to be directing the first two episodes of the new series. The show is based on the gothic horror novel by Anne Rice, which was first published in 1976 and was followed by multiple sequels. All of the books make up the series known as The Vampire Chronicles. The series would arguably achieve greater recognition with the release of the 1994 movie, which saw Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise play blood-sucking vampires.
Besides Game of Thrones, Jacob Anderson has had a pretty impressive career. He’s appeared in shows such as The Mimic, Skins, Broadchurch and Saturday Night Live. He's also had roles in films like Adulthood, Demons Never Die and Overlord. And in his spare time, he’s also a Columbia recording artist and has released two albums, the most recent being 2020’s Andy via Alacran Records.
Interview with the Vampire has received an eight-episode order for its first season and is currently set to begin production later this year. The adaption will premiere on AMC as well as AMC+ in 2022, though an exact date has not been given, as of this writing. While the roles of Louis and Lestat have been cast, there is currently no news regarding who will portray Armand or Santiago, who were originally played on the big screen by Antonio Banderas and Stephen Rea, respectively.
Perry Mason showrunner Rolin Jones will serve as the creator, writer and executive producer on the reboot. Anne Rice, her son Christopher and Better Call Saul producer Mark Johnson will all serve as executive producers along with Jones. It's also worth mentioning that AMC recently acquired the rights to 18 of Anne Rice’s books, meaning fans will be able to look forward to plenty of adaptations of Rice's work.
While there's currently no telling when the rest of the cast will be filled out, It’s likely that more news will be revealed in the coming months as production begins to ramp up. One thing that can be said right now, though, is that it'll be interesting to see what the Game of Thrones vet does with Brad Pitt's iconic character. If anything, Jacob Anderson is sure to make the role his own. Fingers crossed that we get more information on the series soon.
In the meantime, you can check out Neil Jordan's Interview with the Vampire on YouTube and revel in the delightfully dark combination of Pitt and Tom Cruise.
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