December 2nd, 2010
12:35 PM ET
There's been a lot of talk about breathing new life into Anne Rice's "The Vampire Chronicles" book series for the big screen, and the author believes she's found the ideal actor to play toothy Lestat: Robert Downey Jr.
"That would be wonderful. He is a great actor," she tells New York magazine's Vulture. "He would bring the gravitas and the wit and humor and all of that to the part, and I don’t think he’s too old."
A golden-locked Tom Cruise played the studly bloodsucker in 1994's "Interview With the Vampire," and Rice believes 45-year-old Downey could really sink his teeth into the role with a little help from the professionals.
"I think if he had a blond wig and makeup, he would be a wonderful Lestat," explains Rice, who says there have only been talks about doing a movie reboot but no firm plans as of yet.
"Lestat has to have the gravitas of a 200-year-old man and Robert Downey Jr. can do it," Rice said. " He can do anything. He’s just incredible… But I don’t know whether he’s really interested and I don’t know if that will work out. I hope so."
As for who could fill Brad Pitt's fangs as the tortured Louis, Rice has a certain TV star in mind.
"Matt Bomer is a beautiful, beautiful guy," she says of the "White Collar" actor. "He could play Louis."
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