Cruise to play Vampire Lestat?

It seems that the theme of “nearly forgotten actor uses old franchise to bolster their popularity” has even infected the rumour mill. Tom Cruise’s Lions for Lambs came and went with a whimper and the plot to assasinate Hitler story Valkyrie just entering post production. Cruise is not on the hotlist anymore. Now we find out that United Artists are attempting to acquire the rights to Anne Rice’s Tale of the Body Theif (book from the same series as Interview with a Vampire) and already the buzz is that Cruise will play LeStat.

FilmJunk reports

There are rumours swirling that Cruise’s production company United Artists are in talks to obtain the rights for the 4th book in Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, The Tale of the Body Thief. While it has not been explicitly stated that the movie would be a vehicle for Cruise to star in, it does seem to be the most likely option.

While I loved Interview with a Vampire, I could live without Queen of the Damned and the 4th book seems to be the most fitting to a screenplay in the series.

I think Cruise needs more than a big hit movie to get himself back on the A-List track. He may own the souls of Hollywood’s elite, but the public eye still sees him as a whackjob and I think that is hurting his reputation far more than any of his films can or cannot do for him.

  • Strycnine

    Personally, all the people they have been looking at don’t look enough like vampires :/ MY NOMINATION IS! JUDE LAW!! I think hes perfect for the part.

  • mary

    Well, my opinion is TOM CRUISE AND NO OTHER.

  • Becca

    Cruise is the only person in this world beautiful enough to play Lestat. He preformed the part so well that, as I watched Interview, I thought Lestat had jumped out of the pages and on to the tv screen. My little Anne Rice heart started pounding and I found myself crying every time Lestat was let down. I loved that very interesting ending, it was perfect and hilarious. Only Cruise can pull the part of Lestat off, Cruise is Lestat, when I think of Lestat now, all I can imagine him to look like is Cruise, they are character and actor combined together to fit like soul mates.

    • genn

      the rumour is that robert downey jnr is going to play lestat. only 20 odd years too old!
      now we have true blood to enjoy as well, it will be hard to surpass stepen moyer who plays bill.
      i think lestat could be played best by a european, why does it always have to be ageing americans? why cant there be a hunt for the perfect lestat like there was for vivien leigh in gone with the wind

      • Majishun144

        You make a very good point. I wouldn’t mind seeing an unknown playing the role, if they were at least on point with that role and the script is on point with the books.

        As far as TrueBlood, don’t get me started. I have a love hate relationship with the books and the show. Stephen Moyer is NOT Bill, in any way. His atrocious accent leaves me wanting to strangle whoever did the casting for that show. Including whoever cast Anna Paquin as Sookie. It was all a ploy to get her naked, I think. The only decent casting job was Eric and Jason.

        As for Tom (Yes, I use his first name, since everyone feels they know him, being the media-slathered celebrity that he is) and the rumor of the movie…I’ll watch it. Then maybe…just maybe…I’ll like it. Or I won’t. Bottom line. And all of you will do the same, else you wouldn’t be on this site bickering about it like 3 year old kids, right alongside me. Cheers!

  • Katharine

    You Know What!? I Know its beeb a bit Since I was Last on Here. But I still say,It DAMN Well better BE Tom Cruise..Stuart can GO TO HELL!! AS I said Before No Matter What Happens it ”WILL ALWAYS BE TOM CRUISE FOR ME” AND IF YOU DON’T LIKE WHAT I THINK,OR FEEL..WELL,DID I EVER ASK YOU? HELL NO! QUEEN OF THE SHIT,IS JUST THAT ‘SHIT’ & IT WILL “ALWAYS” BE!! Now For That Other Person’s Qustion,I don’t qustion on what People Believe in,Whatever they do,Well “they” do. But you have NO right to Judge them for it. & you know,People “can” & “do” Mix up what people say into something eles thats NOT true to start off with. You really Need to Live Life the Way Tom has had to,Then maybe you will get how he feels,thinks. Untill you Do,SHUT THE HELL UP!! How would you like people talking ”shit & lies about you?” Huh? I Didn’t think you’d like it yourself. The Next Person that Talks Shit & Lies about Tom,Well I hope someone Does it to you,So you know how It feels. & Learn how to Treat people “All” People right.. Remember the saying “A TRUE Saying?” “Treat people the way YOU want to be Treated”!! So If You call Tom, “A wackJob” Then He Has EVERY Right to Call YOU the Same,Ever Think Of that?? No! Cut the Crap! Everyone that Says Oh Tom’s no good,Well Thats How I feel for you. Whats Fair is Fair. Deal with the TRUTH!! I HATEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE Queen of the Shit,Shit,Shit,Shit,Shit!! & Thats ALL there Is to it! Its Tom Cruise FOREVER FOR ME!! Don’t Like what I Feel? Or Have to say?? The Talk to the Wall,Cause NO ONE Has the Right to tell me Who to like,Or How to Feel!! I’m not telling you,So,I don’t wanna Hear it,Unless its Tom. & thats what I think..

  • Derek

    I think that Stuart Townsend should play Lestat again if there really is going to be a new movie,he portrays a vampire much better then tom cruise.


    01 – I don’t think Tom Cruise is a bad actor, or that he’s lost his popularity.
    02 – i would love an adaptation of the vampire lestat, but let’s face it, it’s not going to happen.
    03 – If UA is the one doing this film, let’s hope they don’t make the same mistakes WB did, but is quite possible Criuse reprises his role as Lestat.
    04 – I would prefer for them to cast another actor, preferently french or european, and if possible an unknown face, because Cruise was in his 30’s back in IWTV, more than 10 years older than he shoul have been, but now he’s 40 something, he’s more than 20 years older than he should be.
    05 – but nomatter what UA’s desition is i’ll watch the film, and enjoy all that i can, and bitch about all I don’t like, and if a rumor of another VC film comes out i’ll start again & so will you.

  • Lyla

    I did not think Tom was going to do such a great job in Interview with a Vampire but I was proven wrong he did do a great job and it was a very good movie and I agree with the Antonio playing a young french vampire it was kind of weird. But seeing as the 2nd movie SUCKED I would love to see (If it is true about The Tale Of The Body Thief)most if not all of the actors they need in The Tale Of The Body Thief. And as to a comment made about Cruise getting back on the “A” list I cant recall him ever being off of it !

  • Elena

    Number 1: Tom Cruise plays Lestat!
    Number 2: Make The Vampire Lestat into a film with Tom Cruise!
    Number 3: Remake the Queen Of The Damned with Tom Cruise and actually stick to the book and have all of the characters and not make bits up!
    Number 4: Then if The Vampire Lestat and Queen Of The Damned are fantastic like Interview With The Vampire which they bloody should be-make The Tale Of The Body Thief!!!

  • Karl

    Am I the only one that thinks “Memnoch the Devil” Would be a really good choice for a movie adaptation? Having read it several times, I thought to myself “this could make an excellent film”! Also I agree with Whimsical 101. Tom Cruise IS Lestat! Also Blackwood Farm & Blood Canticle are good choices.

  • Whimsical101

    I have read ‘ALL” of Anne Rice’s vampire chronicles; as well as the Mafair witches. I felt that although Tom Cruise didn’t physically depict the character Lestat 100%, he did an incredible job portraying the character! The Queen of Damn was a complete diaster! It butchered the book’s storyline (which was far more interesting) and not having the original cast was truly disappointing. I think the next sequel should be “Lestat”. It introduces his mother Gabriel, his connection with Armand and The Theatre of Vampires, Marius, etc. I would truly be disappointed that Tom Cruise would not be casted as Lestat for Anne Rice herself loved his performance of her beloved character Lestat.