Is Jared Leto Lestat in the upcoming Interview with the Vampire remake? While we have no directo confirmation that is the case, the movie's screenwriter Josh Boone has tweeted out his own personal pick for the iconic vampire Lestat de Lioncourt in this impending remake. Though, he doesn't give us much to go on. He simply says the following about his possible casting pick.
"Lestat - there can be only one. #JaredLeto."
Yesterday, we reported that the long-gestating remake of Interview with the Vampire is still moving forward, with writer-director Josh Boone showing off the cover page to his recently-completed script, which he co-wrote with Jill Killington. The image revealed that the project is based on two of Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles books, Interview with the Vampire and The Vampire Lestat, although nothing more is known about the adaptation, or how closely it will stick to these two novels. Now Josh Boone has dropped another tantalizing tidbit through social media, hinting that he wants Jared Leto to star.
The filmmaker went onto reveal in another tweet that the project is largely focused on The Vampire Lestat, which includes Lestat's own perspective on the story told in Interview With the Vampire. Unfortunately, we don't know if this project has a green light from Universal Pictures yet, or if they have even officially started casting. Universal hasn't issued a release date for Interview With the Vampire, so stay tuned for more updates soon, as it seems this is moving quite fast.
Interview With the Vampire was adapted into the hit 1994 movie of the same name, starring Tom Cruise as Lestat de Lioncourt, who turns a downtrodden plantation owner named Louis de Pointe du Lac (Brad Pitt) into a vampire, after Louis lost his wife. The movie grossed $105.4 million domestically and $223.6 million worldwide, from a $60 million budget. Eight years later, Queen of the Damned was adapted to the big screen, starring Aaliyah as the title character, Akasha, with Stuart Townsend playing Lestat. The movie fared much worse than Interview With the Vampire, taking in $30.3 million domestically and $45 million worldwide, from a $35 million budget.
We first reported on this project in 2014, where it was revealed that Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are producing for Universal, alongside Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer. What remains to be seen is if this project will become part of Universal's monster franchise, which Alex Kurtzman is overseeing with Chris Morgan. The monster franchise wasn't even in the works in 2014, it seems impossible to imagine Anne Rice's characters crossing over with Universal's classic monsters, especially since Tom Cruise, who played Lestat in the original Interview With the Vampire, is starring in the Mummy reboot. It's also worth noting that Robert Downey Jr. was rumored to take over the Lestat character back in 2009.
It isn't known if Josh Boone is still planning to direct this movie, since he is also attached to two other high-profile projects. The filmmaker is attached to both write and direct The Stand for Warner Bros. and The New Mutants for 20th Century Fox, but it isn't known when filming will begin on either of those projects. We'll keep you posted as soon as more details for Interview With the Vampire surface, so stay tuned, but in the mean time, take a look at Josh Boone's tweets below.