Robert Downey Jr. to play the vampire Lestat
Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on August 15, 2009
Robert Falconer – Cinemaspy.com
Universal Pictures plans to reboot Anne Rice’s “The Vampire Chronicles”, and is in talks with Robert Downey Jr. to play the vampire Lestat Du Lioncort, reports Bloody-Disgusting.
As most of you doubtless already know, the character of Lestat was played by Tom Cruise in the 1994 adaptation of Rice’s “Interview with the Vampire”, which co-starred Brad Pitt, Christian Slater and Kirsten Dunst.
Stuart Townsend later played Lestat in the 2002 film Queen of the Damned, which co-starred the late Aaliyah and took elements from the author’s “The Vampire Lestat” and “The Queen of the Damned”.
The series of novels also includes “The Tale of the Body Thief,” “Memnoch the Devil”, “The Vampire Armand”, “Merrick”, “Blood and Gold”, “Blackwood Farm” and “Blood Canticle.”
Bloody-Disgusting has confirmed that Robert Downey Jr is currently in close talks. However, no word on which book in the series the studio will tackle.
Downey Jr. recently wrapped Iron Man 2 and will next be seen in Sherlock Holmes, which opens Christmas Day.