Movie - Interview with the Vampire

Release Date: 11 November 1994 (USA)
Genre: Horror
Tagline: Drink From Me And Live Forever
Runtime: 123 mins
Director: Neil Jordan
Producer: David Geffen, Stephen Woolley
Writer: Anne Rice (screenplay), Anne Rice (novel)

Main Cast

* Tom Cruise as Lestat de Lioncourt
* Brad Pitt as Louis de Pointe du Lac
* Antonio Banderas as Armand
* Christian Slater as Daniel Malloy - The Interviewer
* Kirsten Dunst as Claudia
* Stephen Rea as Santiago

Supporting Cast

* Domiziana Giordano (II) as Madeleine
* Thandie Newton as Yvette
* Virginia McCollam as Whore on Waterfront
* John McConnell as Gambler
* Mike Seelig as Pimp
* Bellina Logan as Tavern Girl
* Lyla Hay Owen as Widow St Clair
* Lee Emery as Widow's Lover
* Indra Ove as New Orleans Whore
* Helen McCrory as 2nd Whore
* Monte Montague (II) as Plague Victim Bearer
* Nathalie Bloch as Maid
* Jeanette Kontomitras as Woman in Square
* Roger Lloyd Pack as Piano Teacher
* George Kelly (II) as Dollmaker
* Nicole DuBois as Creole Woman
* 'Micha Bergese as Paris Vampire
* Rory Edwards as Paris Vampire
* Marcel Iures as Paris Vampire
* Susan Lynch as Paris Vampire
* Louise Salter (II) as Paris Vampire
* Matthew Sim as Paris Vampire
* Francois Testory (II) as Paris Vampire
* Andrew Tiernan as Paris Vampire
* Simon Tyrrell as Paris Vampire
* George Yiasoumi as Paris Vampire
* Sara Stockbridge as Estelle
* Laure Marsac as Mortal Woman on Stage
* Katia Caballero as Woman in Audience
* Louis Lewis-Smith as Mortal Boy

Other Specials on Casting

British actor, Julian Sands was considered to play the role of Lestat by Rice herself, but because Sands was not a known name, being only famed for his performance in "A Room with a View", he was rejected and the role was given to Tom Cruise. This was initially criticized by Anne Rice, who said that Cruise was "no more my Vampire Lestat than Edward G. Robinson is Rhett Butler" and the casting was "so bizarre, it's almost impossible to imagine how it's going to work." Nevertheless, she was satisfied with Cruise's performance after seeing the completed film, saying that "from the moment he appeared, Tom was Lestat for me" and "That Tom did make Lestat work was something I could not see in a crystal ball."

River Phoenix originally was cast for the role of Daniel (as Anne Rice liked the idea), but he died four weeks before he was due to begin filming. When Christian Slater was cast in his place as Daniel, he donated his entire salary to Phoenix's favorite charitable organizations. The film has a dedication to Phoenix after the end credits.

Johnny Depp, Daniel Day-Lewis and Jeremy Irons turned down the role of Lestat.

Val Kilmer and John Travolta both turned down the role of Louis.

Evan Rachel Wood and Dominique Swain both auditioned for the role of Claudia.

In an interview in the late 1970's Anne said that if a movie were ever made from her novel she would want to see Rutger Hauer as Lestat and Timothy Dalton as Louis. Years later Anne stated that Richard Chamberlain and Tom Berenger would be good choices for Lestat and Louis as well.