Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise, who? The cast of Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire took over Ballroom 20 at Comic-Con on Saturday to share the first official teaser for the AMC series which is set to drop on October 20. Check out the images above and the key art poster below.
Damian Holbrook, who hosted the panel with his cast and crew, announced that the series will air on Sunday, October 2. on AMC – just after the first of The walking deads latest batch of episodes.
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Based on Anne Rice’s groundbreaking gothic novel, Interview with the Vampire follows Louis de Pointe du Lac (game of thrones‘Jacob Anderson), Lestat de Lioncourt (Beautiful(Sam Reid) and Claudia (newcomer Bailey Bass) and their epic story of love, blood and the perils of immortality, told to journalist Daniel Molloy (Eric Bogosian). Angered by the limitations of life as a black man in 1900s New Orleans, Louis finds it impossible to resist Lestat’s offer of ultimate escape: to join him as a fellow vampire. But Louis’ intoxicating new powers come at a violent price, and the introduction of Lestat’s newest novice, child vampire Claudia, soon sets them on a decades-long course of revenge and atonement.
Panelists included executive producer Matt Johnson; writer and showrunner Rolin Jones; features Reid, Bass, Anderson and Bogosian; and decorator Mara LePere-Schloop.
In the trailer that opened the panel, Louis and Lestat meet for the first time. We also see Claudia and how she is part of this massive story. There’s a lot of blood and guts with a seductive allure that Rice, who died last year, tended to capture in her books. The show will highlight queer elements, especially between Louis and Lestat.
After the trailer, Johnson opened up about why he got involved with the show. “The books are so fun and so different that it’s hard to believe they’re related in this way. [Rice] is a stylistic and thematic writer, and it is a privilege to be involved. The world of Anne Rice will continue for a while on AMC.
Asked about the vision for the show, Jones reiterated that he wanted to stay as true to the material as possible. “Our vision had a lot of things to consider,” he said. “The advantage is that we are on television, whereas the film had to sprint because it was only two hours. We took a lot of Anne’s writing and used it for the show.
Holbrook wasn’t shy about asking about the story’s strange background, and Jones’ response was short and sweet: “It’s a beautiful aggressive love story between two people. That’s all.”
Actors Anderson and Reid discussed their feelings of being part of Rice’s legacy.
“I watched the movie when I was a teenager,” Anderson said. “As soon as I got the email about the audition, I got this weird feeling in my stomach. …I’m thrilled to be a part of this world because I’ve connected deeply with Louis.
Reid added, “I’m a big fan of the books, so when I heard this show was on I prayed for an audition. Then I got the part and felt the pressure that comes with the opportunity to play a character that I have a deep love for. It is the most beautiful gift. »
Bass discussed the experience of playing Claudia at different phases of her life. “It’s a dream role,” she said. “As an actor, being able to do these amazing action sequences in the script has kept my eyes glued to the page. Claudia is a great character who feels so trapped in that body, and we get to see who Claudia is at different ages.
Bogosian, who plays an older version of Daniel Malloy, said his character was looking for a chance to revive his career. “In the film, he is a young novice journalist. Now he’s older, wiser, and goes after Louis once again to get the truth.
Production designer LePere-Schloop talked about being able to capture New Orleans in all its glory. “When I first heard about this show, there was so much pressure. The books are rich in detail and an essence that only exists in New Orleans. I was overwhelmed and excited to figure out how we were going to shape that. It’s rare that we have a show that celebrates the city we live in.
As for Easter eggs, Jones said, “If you’ve read Prince Lestat, The Vampire Armand and Interview with the Vampire, you’ll see a lot of nods to the material. We are trying to build a universe, and there is also sorcery. »
The panel ended with an exclusive clip from the first episode where Louis and Lestat meet at a local brothel. Louis, being sullen himself, is upset that Lestat is talking to the same sex worker he likes. There’s a lot of sexual tension between the two of them, and it’s a well-acted scene. This Louis and Lestat is very different from the 1994 film version, so be on the lookout for that.
The first seven episodes of Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire premiering this year on AMC and AMC+. Alan Taylor will direct the first two episodes and produce the series.
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