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AMC's Interview With The Vampire Show Casts Sam Reid As Lestat

The Australian actor will play the iconic vampire in the upcoming adaptation of Anne Rice's novel.


The upcoming Interview with the Vampire TV show has found its Lestat. As reported by Variety, Australian actor Sam Reid will play the iconic vampire in the adaptation of Anne Rice's classic novel.

Interview with the Vampire focuses on the ancient vampire Louis, as he tells a writer about his experiences with the fearsome Lestat over the course of several centuries. The role was previously played by Tom Cruise in the 1994 movie adaptation and Stuart Townsend in the 2002 follow-up Queen of the Damned. Reid has appeared in Australian shows such as The Hunting and Lambs of God, as well as movies like The Limehouse Golem and '71.

Sam Reid in Prime Suspect 1973
Sam Reid in Prime Suspect 1973

Interview with the Vampire will premiere in 2022 and was first announced in June. It will be produced by AMC and will be an 8-episode show. The series will be produced by Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul) with Rolin Jones (Perry Mason) as the showrunner and veteran TV director Alan Taylor (The Sopranos, Mad Men) helming the first two episodes. AMC acquired the rights to 18 of Rice's works back in May 2020, which includes the popular Vampire Chronicles and Mayfair Witches series.

When the show was announced, AMC Networks and AMC Studios Dan McDermott stated, "[Interview with a Vampire] already has millions of fans in the U.S. and around the world. We can't wait to share this new interpretation of the classic brought to life by Rolin and Mark, as we continue to work on developing the entire collection."

In related news, Taylor has also directed the Sopranos prequel movie The Many Saints of Newark, which hits theaters and HBO Max in October. You can check out the trailer here.

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