Interview With The Vampire on AMC is the perfect new fall TV obsession for any fan of gothic horror. The protagonist, Louis de Pointe du Lac, a Black man in 1910s Louisiana who, of course, becomes a vampire, undergoes a journey of sexual discovery as the audience follows his story in this adaptation of Anne Rice's popular novel of the same name from 1976. Just after seeing the pilot, I was completely captivated by the show.
Filmmaker Neil Jordan adapted the novel into 1994's Interview With the Vampire, starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst, Christian Slater, and Antonio Banderas. Queen of the Damned, a vague sequel starring the late Aaliyah, was released in 2002 and was a huge flop.
Some movie and TV adaptation announcements leave you wondering, “Do we really need this?” The updated version of “Interview with the Vampire” is not like that. We are only a few episodes in, but this show already feels like a fantastic update on an old favorite. What are you waiting for, if you aren't watching the new episodes every Sunday night on AMC following The Walking Dead?
And if you've already begun viewing and are curious about the main characters, your search is over. In order of importance, these are the actors you should know:
Interview With The Vampire Cast
Sam Reid as Lestat de Lioncourt
Sam Reid, whose stage name in the early part of his career was Sebastian Reid, assumes the legendary persona of Lestat de Lioncourt. Lestat is Louis's go-to expert on all things vampire, and his temperament has earned him the moniker “The Brat Prince.” Stuart Townsend played Lestat in the most recent film adaptation, but Tom Cruise is most associated with the role. Belle, The Riot Club, and The Newsreader are just a few of Sam's notable works.
Jacob Anderson as Louis de Pointe du Lac
Formerly of “Game of Thrones” and “Broadchurch,” Jacob Anderson will play Louis de Pointe du Lac. After the death of his brother, Louis has become cynical, self-deprecating, and desperate. Lestat tracks him down and suggests vampirism as a remedy for his aimlessness. After Brad Pitt, Jacob is the next actor to take on the role of Louis.
Jacob is known for his acting roles, but he is also a music producer.
Bailey Bass as Claudia
Claudia, a five-year-old vampire Lestat turned to control Louis, will be portrayed by rising star Bailey Bass. When Lestat discovered Claudia, she was near death from the disease. They consider her to be the show's third main character. Bailey has just starred in A Jenkins Family Christmas on BET and will be seen in the next James Cameron Avatar sequels. After Kristen Dunst, Bailey takes up the role of Claudia.
Kalyne Coleman as Grace de Pointe du Lac
Grace de Pointe du Lac, Louis's sister, will be played by a novice to the acting scene, Kalyne Coleman. Despite being depicted as cool under pressure and having a quick wit in the books, Grace has never had a cinematic portrayal like this. Grace's involvement in the show will be consistent.
Several major roles, including that of interviewer David Molloy (formerly played by Christian Slater), the French coven leader and vampire Armand (originally played by Antonio Banderas), the suspicious coven member Santiago, and Claudia's friend Madeleine have yet to be filled.
Eric Bogosian as Daniel Molloy
In 2022, when the story begins, successful author and journalist Daniel Molloy receives a letter from the mysterious Louis and is immediately fascinated. Despite the passage of time, he is willing to revisit his interview with Louis in order to finally get to the bottom of things.
Where have you seen him before? Bogosian has appeared as a supporting character in several well-known media productions, such as Succession, Billions, The Get Down, and Uncut Gems. Years before he acted in these films, in 1988 he was the lead in Oliver Stone's Talk Radio, based on the life of murdered radio personality Alan Berg of Denver, Colorado.
Alan Taylor helms the show's eight one-hour episodes in the premiere season. Screenwriter, executive producer, and showrunner Rolin Jones is on board for the project. Besides Christopher Rice, Mark Johnson, and Anne Rice will be executive producing this. The show, as reported by Illuminerdi, will span both the present day and the 20th century, with Molloy doing a second interview with Louis.
On October 2 at 10/9c, the first episode of the series will air. Those who have AMC+ access can view the first two episodes that very night.