Universal Wants Robert Downey Jr. as Their New Lestat?
Yep, we're talking about the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, the French noblemen who was made into a vampire in the 18th century. Bloody-Disgusting is reporting that Universal is developing another adaptation of Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles, to continue on that franchise that first hit the big screen back in 1994 with Interview with the Vampire. They don't have any details on what's going on with the reboot or which Anne Rice novel(s) they're going to be drawing from, but they do say that Robert Downey Jr. is in "close talks" to play the vampire Lestat. Thanks to Twilight, we're really in the thick of vampire mania now.
Lestat de Lioncourt is a fictional vampire and the main character in the majority of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles novels, which are narrated in first person. Lestat was first portrayed on screen by Tom Cruise in Neil Jordan's Interview with the Vampire and later by Stuart Townsend in Michael Rymer's Queen of the Damned. However, that was the last time we saw Lestat, back in 2002. As much as I love Robert Downey Jr., I'm really just getting tired of frickin' vampire movies - they're popping up at every studio. Interview is undeniably one of the classics, but why reboot it just because the trend right now is vampires? Come on!