The Vampire Chronicles and Anne Rice’s The Mayfair Witches are set in the same world. The film’s version stars Alexandra Daddario.
With Anne Rice, AMC Networks is going all-in. Although the renowned author of gothic fantasy novels passed away in 2021, a high-profile television adaptation of her works appears to be in the works. Mayfair Witches by Anne Rice, starring Alexandra Daddario, will be one of them.
AMC has struggled to find a new flagship series since the conclusion of some of their most acclaimed and well-liked shows, including Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and Halt and Catch Fire over the past few years (since various Walking Deads are looking a little zombie-like). The second of their adaptations of Anne Rice’s well-known shared universe of vampires, witches, and various demons has been announced as Mayfair Witches.
The Mayfair Witches is slated as the sequel to Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire, which will debut in October 2022. Here is what we currently know about the program:
ROWAN MAYFAIR IS ALEXANDRA DADDARIO.
Alexandra Daddario will portray the lead role of Dr. Rowan Mayfair. Daddario will play the brilliant neurosurgeon who learns that her family has a history of witchcraft, magic, and some pretty traumatic birthing experiences. She is coming off the success of Mike White’s HBO anthology series The White Lotus and Starz’s The Girlfriend Experience.
Rowan, who is described as being incredibly attractive and commanding, was raised by distant relatives without being aware of her family’s horribly torturous history after being taken from her immediate family.
MAYFAIR WITCHES Will Star JACK HUSTON
Early in May 2022, news spread that a fantastic character actor had been cast in Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches television series. Jack Huston has been chosen to play Lasher, according to TV Line and other sources. He is a “powerful, shape-shifting entity who has been bound to the Mayfair witches for hundreds of years,” according to the character’s official series description.
On HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Huston is best known for playing the tragic Richard Harrow. Later, he became well-known for his role as corrupt detective Odis Weff in season four of the crime drama Fargo.
Based on three novels by Anne Rice, THE MAYFAIR WITCHES
Lives of the Mayfair Witches, which consists of three complete novels and several crossovers with her other major series about vampires who are very depressed, will be adapted into Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches (but more on that in a minute).
The titular Mayfair family, a group of extremely wealthy eccentrics in New Orleans (where Rice’s works are typically set), is the focus of The Mayfair Witches. The style of Tennessee Williams’ extremely intense Southern Gothic (characterized by a great deal of emotional suppression and monologues) and a supernatural soap opera akin to Dark Shadows best describe the tone.
Dr. Rowan Mayfair, the series’ main character, visits their ancestral home in Louisiana and encounters a number of bizarre events, including ghosts with very sexual tendencies, kids who are half human, and other bizarre things. It will be interesting to see how far AMC takes the material because everything is very intense.
THE MAYFAIR WITCHES AND THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES ARE BOTH IN THE SAME UNIVERSE.
Her more well-known The Vampire Chronicles books share the same shared universe as The Mayfair Witches. Merrick and Blackwood Farm are two examples of characters that appeared in multiple books and shared plots. The Interview with the Vampire adaptation starring Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, and Kirsten Dunst, and Queen of the Damned starring Aaliyah are just two examples of the many times The Vampire Chronicles have been turned into feature films.
The former received fair reviews while the latter was a critical bomb (although Anne Rice later changed her mind and apologized for initially strongly objecting to Tom Cruise being cast as her fan-favorite character Lestat).
It’s inevitable that there will be some crossovers between Interview with the Vampire Chronicles and The Mayfair Witches have given that AMC is rebooting the vampire component of the Riceverse (we’re going to call it that) first.
MAYFAIR WITCHES SERIES BY ALEXANDRA DADDARIO DOES NOT HAVE A RELEASE DATE.
When The Mayfair Witches by Anne Rice will air on AMC is currently unknown. What is known is that production on the eight-episode series has begun, and a 2023 premiere date is anticipated. Soon, we hope to have a confirmed date.
We will also have to wait to find out when Interview with the Vampire will be released because, as previously mentioned, the second series in the network’s plan to create an entire universe based on Rice’s works have already been announced. It’s also likely that we’ll start hearing rumors about Lestat de Lioncourt, a perennially popular bad boy in Anne Rice’s works, having a solo show (who has already been announced to be played by Sam Reid).