A new trailer for AMC’s Interview with the Vampire was shown at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. AMC confirmed that the series will premiere with two episodes on Sunday, October 2 at 10 p.m., right after the final season of The Walking Dead.
Similar to the book & the film, the series will follow Louis de Pointe du Lac as he tells the story of his life as a vampire to Eric Bogosian on a podcast. The series will star Jacob Anderson (Louis de Pointe du Lac), Sam Reid (Lestat), Bailey Bass (Claudia), & Eric Bogosian.
After the trailer was revealed, Anderson had this to say:
“I watched the movie when I was a teen. As soon as I got the email about the audition, & I got this weird feeling in my stomach. I reread the first two books, & I think I would have felt more understood if I understood more when I was younger. I am excited to be a part of this world as I deeply connected with Louis.”
Reid added: “I am a huge fan of the books, so when I heard this show was being made, I prayed for an audition. Then I got the part, and I felt the pressure that comes with the opportunity to portray a character I have a deep love for. It’s the greatest gift.”
Bailey Bass, who is Claudia in the show, talked about playing Claudia: “This is a dream role. As an actor being able to do these incredible action sequences in the script had my eyes glued to the page. Claudia is a big character who feels so much by being trapped in that body, & we get the chance to see who Claudia is at various ages.”
Interview with the Vampire is based on a short story written by Anne Rice in 1976. The novel centers on vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac, who tells the story of his life to a reporter. The book was adapted as a film in 1994 that starred Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. The film focused on Lestat (Cruise) and Louis (Pitt), beginning with Louis’s transformation into a vampire by Lestat in 1791. The film also chronicled their time together and their turning of ten-year-old Claudia (Kirsten Dunst) into a vampire. The narrative is framed by a present-day interview, in which Louis tells his story to a San Francisco reporter.
Rolin Jones adapted the book to television & will be the showrunner for the series. The series will be executive produced by Mark Johnson & Alan Taylor, who will direct the first two episodes.