Bailey Bass is soon to be seen in blue form in Avatar 2, but she already has her next gig lined up. She has been cast in the key role of Claudia in the upcoming Interview With the Vampire TV series on AMC, according to Variety.
Bass takes on the same role played by Kirsten Dunst in the 1994 movie, directed by Neil Jordan. She joins Jacob Anderson as Louis and Sam Reid as Lestat. The series has already snagged an eight-episode order and is spinning up for a 2022 release. Rolin Jones is a writer, executive producer, and showrunner while Mark Johnson, Alan Taylor, Anne Rice, and Christopher Rice all executive produce. Alan Taylor will also direct the first two episodes.
The original Interview with the Vampire is 27 years old! How is that even possible? I remember going to see it. I remember who I went with, what car we drove there. I remember some conversations in the car on the way home about the movie. How is that 27 years ago? That’s insane!
The 1994 gothic horror film is based on Anne Rice’s 1976 novel and starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in the lead roles.
The movie tells of Lestat (Cruise) and Louis (Pitt), and begins with Louis’s transformation into a vampire by Lestat in 1791. They turn ten-year-old Claudia (Kirsten Dunst) into a vampire. In the books, she is an orphaned child in 18th century New Orleans.
The narrative is framed by a present-day interview with the vampire, in which Louis tells his story to a San Francisco reporter. The supporting cast features Christian Slater, Antonio Banderas, and Stephen Rea.
It received generally positive reviews and was a commercial success at the time. Now it is considered something of a classic of the genre. It received Oscar nominations for Best Art Direction and Best Original Score. Kirsten Dunst was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film.
The sequel, Queen of the Damned, did not fare so well.
The rights to Interview With The Vampire were initially purchased by Paramount Pictures in April 1976, shortly before the book was published. However, the project was trapped in development hell for nearly two decades. Director Neil Jordan was approached by Warner Bros. to direct after the huge success of his movie The Crying Game (1992).