New 'The Vampire Chronicles' Potentially Has Robert Downey Jr.

August 15, 2009 06:44:03 GMT

The star of 'Iron Man' allegedly is in close talks to play Lestat de Lioncourt in a possible rebooted vampire franchise based on Anne Rice's popular novels.

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Robert Downey Jr. could be trading his Iron Man suit with vampire fangs for "The Vampire Chronicles". According to Bloody-Disgusting, the Tony Stark aka Iron Man in "Iron Man" is in "close talks" to star as French nobleman-turned-vampire Lestat de Lioncourt in a big screen return for Anne Rice's popular fiction.

Should the rumor is true, Downey Jr. will be the third actor to take on Lestat, the narrator and main character of the majority of Rice's vampire tale series. Tom Cruise has portrayed Lestat in 1994's "Interview with the Vampire" and Stuart Townsend followed Cruise's footsteps in 2003 with "Queen of the Damned".

Bloody-Disgusting reported that Universal Pictures is looking to revamp the film franchise. Details on how the studio is planning to do the reboot and which Anne Rice novel(s) the film is going to be drawing from are yet to be disclosed.

In early July, Anne Rice wrote on her official site about potential future film projects. "We will see high quality films based on the adventures of Lestat and his friends in the future," the statement read. "We will see a fine film some day of Ramses the Damned. The Mayfair Witches will have new life in film."

"The Christ the Lord books will some day make it to the screen. Angel Time, and the future adventures of Toby O'Dare, will make it to television or film. When I have solid news of a new film based on any of my works, I will post it on this website." So far, she is yet to share any further info about a new feature project.

Robert Downey Jr. has wrapped up filming for his two upcoming movies, "Sherlock Holmes" and "Iron Man 2" the sequel to 2008 blockbuster "Iron Man". In 2008, the 44-year-old received his second Academy Award nomination. It was for his portrayal of Kirk Lazarus in "Tropic Thunder".


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posted by lucas a mikkelson on Dec 17, 2012
Sorry I hate Cruise but because of his ego and looks he was by far the best Lestat
posted by Valorien on Apr 03, 2011
posted by louis on Jan 31, 2011
to all who put down stuart townsends performace as lestat: IDIOTS!!! did you not read the books or something? He did a awesome job. I liked him by far better then tom cruise and I love tom cruises acting. It's just said the writers totally screwed up on queen of the dammned. I love robert downy jr as an actor also but he's not the man for this part.
posted by janessa on Jan 14, 2011
WAT!! ok first of all NO! NO! AND NO! hes not pale enough hes to old and he has brown eyes and brown hair with ALOT of facail hair are yu serious!!! this cannot happen lestat is supposed to be a beautiful masterpeice of a little mean but great hes deffinetly not rite for lestat yes maybe he culd be his dad but deffinetly not lestat
posted by chloe diab on Dec 08, 2010
I love robert downey jr and think he could pull anything off, he should go for it and i cant wait to see him prove everyone wrong. hes legit and i say go for it Bob!!!!!!!!
posted by heather on Oct 13, 2010
no Robert what they need to do is get unknown actors for these rolls. a lot of people would love to see the reboot. i dont think there going to need a famous face to make this movie good
posted by observer on Sep 19, 2010
I love how everyone says wow no way because thats exactly what ppl said about Rob Pattinson playing Edward Cullen but he turned out to be perfect
posted by Jaz on May 27, 2010
I love RDJ and he is an awesome actor but he's way to old to play Lestat
posted by violentrise on May 04, 2010
Looks aside Townsend played Lestat to a near perfect adaptation of his person in the books, read them sometime. Tom was nowhere close on his portrayal and, as much as i love robert downey jr., he just wont fit as lestat. I say bring back Townsend.
posted by deathorgasm on May 01, 2010
what the hell?robert downey jr...theres no way in hell he can pull that off..why do they always have to screw up the movie adaptions..i think johnny depp or maybe..MAYBE..James McAvoy would be perfect..
posted by Lestat Lover on Apr 28, 2010
that would suck i lov lestat no way could he pull such perfection off!:(
posted by HUYONG on Feb 10, 2010
i do like robert downey, great actor, who might even be able to play the role of khayman or some other older vampire who isn't described in such detail, hell lestats dad is mentioned too much, he'd be perfect for that
posted by Nicoletta on Feb 08, 2010
Oh, great. Queen of the Damned was aweful and did the book no justice at all. I wonder how terrible this will turn out to be.
posted by ashley on Feb 03, 2010
Johnathan Rhys Meyers way better for the role
posted by Les Innocents on Dec 12, 2009
chuwala, what are you talking about!? Stuart Townsend would just be repeating a dreadful mistake!
posted by whatthehell on Nov 15, 2009
Townsend was good, but in a very different way. Cruise was very good, but not what I had in mind. There is NO WAY they could cast Robert Downey Jr. as there? NO WAY! Are these freakin producers reading the books? Have they read the parts that describe Lestat's appearance? Blonde! Blue eyes! Of French descent! I swear I will boycott the movie if they royally screw it up AGAIN. (They = the media, regardless of who).
posted by vausmus on Oct 21, 2009
Stuart sucked as Lestas as well. Lestat is suppose to be very tall, blonde and mean. They should cast someone like Hayden Christensen. That role can not be done by someone with olive color skin and old. They need to be young and fair skinned, if they want to come as close as possible to looking like Lestat.
posted by Vlad2592 on Oct 09, 2009
I agree, Robert Downey Jr. is a great actor, but I dont think he would make a good vampire. You need someone to pull off a more mysterious(stuart) or fancy evil(Tom) look. I really think they should stop switching actors though. I guarantee if you keep a consistent actor for a role you will get many more people wanting to see it. Its just the fact that if the actor plays him good he becomes that character. STOP SWITCHING
posted by kori on Sep 29, 2009
I am an absolute lover of the vampire chronicles, but Robert Downey JR as Lestat? No way, he could never pull it off. Maybe someone like Johnny Deep, or Christian Bale. But Robert Downey JR can't, he just doesn't have that right look or feel. And never that Stuart Townsend guy again, he butchered lestat in the queen of the damned, which in mind was a terrible movie, and a complete mockery of the book.
posted by chuwala on Aug 19, 2009
Really I love him and all but just put Stuart Townsend back in he made a wonderful Lestat
posted by mangina on Aug 17, 2009
i love robert, but he's to old to play that role.

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