Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise, who? Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con the first official teaser for the AMC series was shared, and it’s set to release on October 2 on AMC, right after the first of Walking Dead’s final half of the last season.
AMCs tweeted the trailer with the caption: “You have nothing to fear but yourself.”
Based on Anne Rice’s revolutionary gothic novel, Interview with the Vampire follows Game of Thrones actor Jacob Anderson as Louis de Pointe du Lac, Anonymous actor Sam Reid as Lestat de Lioncourt, and up-and-coming actress Baily Bass as Claudia in an epic story of love, blood and the perils of immortality. Facing the limitations of life as a Black man in 1900s New Orleans, Louis finds it impossible to resist the rakish Lestat’s offer of the ultimate escape, but Louis’ intoxicating new powers come with a violent price, and the introduction of Lestat’s newest fledgling, the child vampire Claudia, soon sets them on a decades-long path of revenge and atonement.
There is plenty of blood and guts with a seductive allure that Rice, who died last year, tended to capture in her books. The show will play up the queer elements, particularly between Louis and Lestat, which fans have mixed reviews about.
The trailer’s tone has a new feel compared to the 1994 Interview With the Vampire film, which starred Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, and Kirsten Dunst. Within just two minutes, it seems the lore is already being expanded, and fans are thrilled to see what’s in store for the characters.
“Developing this series carries great pressure and responsibility,” series executive producer Mark Johnson has previously said about the adaptation. “What Anne Rice created and what her fans have been transfixed by forces us to take this book-to-television show transition with a great deal of responsibility. It is imperative that we do not disappoint her fans and yet we need to make sure that this story, these characters sing for a modern audience.”
The first eight episodes of Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire premiere this year on AMC and AMC+. The first season doesn’t cover all of Rice’s novel, and the producers are hopeful that they’ll get to continue to tell the rest of the story in future seasons.
The show could be the first of several TV adaptations based on Rice’s novels. The network acquired the rights to 18 of the prolific author’s books in 2020, including Interview With the Vampire sequels The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned.
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