Who’s Your Lestat?
It’s refreshing to have a creator seeking input from the fans where the casting of a beloved character is concerned. Anne Rice is asking fans for their suggestions as to whom to cast as the vampire Lestat in her upcoming THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES television series. Said Ms. Rice on Facebook: “…we all know that if we don’t get [this] right, nothing else may matter. This is one series in which the star plays a super hero role. I am thinking an unknown will come to us for the part. But who are the up and coming young actors you all see and want to suggest?” It’s cool that she is asking her supporters for their input. And I agree with her; an unknown would be better.
To be fair, though, I would NEVER, not in a million years, have suggested Tom Cruise for the role in the movie, and he ended up being fantastic. That role is far and away his best work; nothing else he has done even comes close. Even Ms. Rice was surprised by how good he was, whereas Stuart Townsend, who is overall a much more talented actor than Cruise, sucked balls in his role as Lestat. So who knows?
Who would YOU like to see play Lestat?