Anne Rice Wants Chris Hemsworth or Stephen Amell To Play Lestat

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Anne Rice’s announcement that she was bringing back smooth-talking sexy vampire Lestat in Prince Lestat sparked a legion of casting suggestions should the book—or another in the Vampire Chronicles series—head to the big screen.

Rice’s Facebook page, fans have called for everyone from Jared Leto and Tom Hiddleston to Rupert Friend and Hugh Dancy to play the bisexual bloodsucker, portrayed by Tom Cruise in 1994’s Interview with a Vampire and Stuart Townsend in 2002’s Queen of the Damned.

But the famed author had some casting choices of her own—two, in fact, that show she’s very up on her genre movies and TV. “I love all the Lestats you’re posting on the page, the handsome actors and charmers,” she posted. “But let us not forget Chris Hemsworth who has Lestat’s square face, cheerful eyes, and voice. And let us not forget Stephen Amell either, who also greatly resembles Lestat and has the body and face of a god.”

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Anson Mount (Photo: Esquire)

We can’t argue with you there, Anne.

But Rice’s picks are beefier than we’re used to imagining the Brat Prince: Hemsworth bulked up to play Thor in The Avengers and his two spinoff movies, and Amell is seriously cut as Oliver Queen in the CW’s Arrow. Rice also suggested Crossroads actor Anson Mount, who, she wrote “seemed at times to be Lestat prowling the frontier in [AMC’s Western series] Hell on Wheels.”

Oh Anne, where were you when they were casting 50 Shades of Grey?

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