Universal has been busy over the last few years with some pretty big reboots coming from the studio. In addition to the Universal Monsters reboots coming for the Mummy, Frankenstein, and Dracula, the studio had also acquired the rights for Anne Rice's beloved Vampire Chronicles series back in August 2014. And yes, Universal has already moved into pre-production of this famous book series.
In case you were wondering, The Vampire Chronicles is the series that contains the fan-favorite story — and popular 1994 film — Interview with the Vampire. In addition to the 1994 release starring Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise, we saw a second adaptation of the vampire stories, Queen of the Damned, in 2002 starring the late Aaliyah and Stuart Townsend. It was announced back in May that The Fault in Our Stars director, Josh Boone, had already finished the script for a reboot of the 1994 film. Although there is no cast or projected release date revealed just yet, Boone has already been very vocal about who he wants to play Lestat de Lioncourt, and his name is Jared Leto.
Is This Just Josh Boone's Wishful Thinking?
So far, it would seem as though nothing it set in stone and that Leto's involvement is just wishful thinking by Josh Boone. However, this is where things could go either way, as it's been perceived differently by a lot of different sources. Boone took to Twitter on May 4, 2016 and posted this photo and caption:
This Twitter post could mean a couple of different things: 1) a potential hint that Leto is already involved in the project, or 2) Josh Boone just really wants Leto to play Lestat. It's been a couple of months since the rumors broke out and we still don't have a definite answer just yet. However, seeing how Leto's version of the Joker got the short end of the stick in Suicide Squad, there is a possibility that he might not return to the DC Extended Universe at all.
The reception to his version of the iconic DC Comics villain has been pretty mixed and Leto has been vocal about wanting to return as a main Batman villain, but there is no confirmation either way. If he doesn't return as the Joker, he will seemingly have the ability to sign on for the vampire trilogy Universal is looking to produce including Interview with the Vampire, Queen of the Damned, and Prince Lestat.
Would Jared Leto Be A Good Lestat?
There is no denying that Jared Leto is a talented individual, with skills in both acting and music. If his devotion to the characters he plays isn't enough proof, he has a Golden Globe and an Academy Award to show for it.
If you've seen Interview with the Vampire, you are aware that Lestat (a.k.a., The Brat Prince) was first brought to life by Tom Cruise. He beat out many actors for the coveted role and wasn't Anne Rice's first or favorite choice, but at this point it's safe to say that things worked out for the best. The 1994 film became the 8th most successful vampire film ever created and it skyrocketed the career of the then 11-year-old Kirsten Dunst.
I think Jared Leto would be a potentially brilliant choice to reprise the role of Lestat. From what it appears, Leto possesses a unique sort of charisma that is essential to Lestat and it has shown through on screen throughout the variety of characters Leto has played. Lestat is a vain, charismatic, and sensual character that Cruise managed to bring to life, but it might just be that Jared Leto could do it better. It is also worth noting that Leto's simultaneous music career with the alternative-rock band, Thirty Seconds to Mars, would also prove to be helpful in shaping Lestat's character, especially if they include material from The Vampire Lestat.
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