For the first time since lockdown, the biggest comic con was finally in person! 

Last week was the San Diego Comic-Con and it had everything people were expecting and more. While I wasn’t there in person, I checked the social media channels and listened to one of my favorite podcasts, Fatman Beyond with Kevin Smith and Marc Bernardin who went over a daily recap of announcements and thoughts. 

At the same time, I was not able to see as much as I had hoped because unlike in the last couple of years, there were not a lot of live-streaming or webinar-style panels. 

So I was disappointed I didn’t get to watch the panel for the upcoming AMC show, Interview with the Vampire but you better believe that I was checking comments on social media who were there in person. Here are some things that I learned second-hand: 

>Ann Rice said she thought of actor, Rutger Hauer when writing the character of Lestat. With that revelation, it makes a whole lot of sense of how Lestat is. Hauer has made a career of being a creepy but intriguing villain for decades!

>The first season will be comprised of seven episodes following Louis, Lestat, and Claudia’s immortal lives. I feel like they are covering a lot so it makes me think, if there are more seasons, it will be based on the other books (but what about the title of the show then)? 

>Of course, this is the internet so there were some annoying comments about not being happy with a change in casting. Unlike in the book (and the 1994 film), Louis is being played by a black actor and is centered around a wealthy, black man from 20th century New Orleans. 

>Claudia is also not being played by a 10-year-old, with Bailey Bass playing her. She is young and has 11 credits to her name but is older than what the character is supposed to be (as well as being black). Comments are disappointed that they used an older actress as a big part of the character’s arc is that she is forever a child. 10 to 16 years of age is a big difference. I will admit, this change from child to teen makes me concerned but, I am willing to give it a chance.

With a passionate following of Ann Rice’s characters, one thing is for sure, there is a lot of buzz for this show which will air in October on AMC. 

What are your thoughts? Will you be watching? Let us know!

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