New Interview With The Vampire Teasers Introduce Louis & Lestat

New teasers for Interview with the Vampire introduce viewers to Louis de Pointe du Lac and Lestat de Lioncourt. Interview with the Vampire is an upcoming AMC television adaptation of Anne Rice's 1976 novel of the same name. The novel was adapted into a film in 1994, and would go on to be nominated for Best Art Direction and Best Original Score at the Academy Awards. The Interview with the Vampire television series is set to premiere exclusively on AMC on October 2, 2022.


Interview with the Vampire tells the story of Louis de Pointe du Lac, who becomes the companion of vampire Lestat de Lioncourt after being turned into a vampire himself. The film adaptation saw Brad Pitt star as Louis, while Tom Cruise portrayed the vampire Lestat. While their performances were fairly well-received by critics, Rice famously criticized the casting choices, saying that Cruise was completely wrong for the role and that he insisted on cutting out more sexualized elements of the story (elements which play a key role in Rice's original novel). However, Rice would eventually recant her statements, saying she was wrong about her criticisms after seeing the final movie. In the upcoming Interview with the Vampire series, Louis is played by Game of Thrones alum Jacob Anderson, while Lestat is played by Sam Reid.

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In two teasers posted to the Interview with the Vampire Instagram, included above, audiences are introduced to the series' Louis and Lestat. Louis' introduction follows his struggle with faith and morality while being a vampire. Meanwhile, Lestat's displays his own confident, dramatic personality.

How Louis and Lestat Are Different From Other Adaptations

Louis and Lestat in Interview with the Vampire

One major difference between the Interview with the Vampire television series and the film adaptation is Louis and Lestat's relationship. Whereas their bond had gay subtext in Rice's original novel, the film very lightly played upon that; meanwhile, the TV adaptation is leaning fully into it, with Anderson's Louis calling Lestat his "mentor, lover, and maker." Not only will Interview with the Vampire explore Louis and Lestat's complicated, at-times-fraught relationship, but it will also look at much larger characters arcs for the two vampires. According to Reid, the television series will look at a "much broader scale" than the 1994 film.

Whereas the film adaptation only had two hours to try and explore the immense world of Rice's novel, the AMC series will have much more time to develop Louis and Lestat as characters, and the relationship they have with one another. Whereas Cruise's Lestat was a classier, subtle version, Reid's is more energized and unhinged, if Lestat's introduction teaser is any indication. Similarly, Anderson's Louis is grappling more with his morality and his co-dependent relationship with Lestat than Pitt's version. With fans of Rice's work already praising the television series' casting choices, Interview with the Vampire already looks to be the faithful adaptations audiences have been waiting for.

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