Jared Leto is 'only one' who can play Lestat, says director of Interview with the Vampire reboot

Josh Boone wants the Suicide Squad actor to take on Tom Cruise's former character

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When Tom Cruise was cast as Lestat in 1994 film Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice - author of the novel it was based on - wasn't impressed. 

It's fair to say Cruise went on to prove Rice wrong (after branding the decision "bizarre," Rice reneged and admitted that "...from the moment he appeared, Tom was Lestat for me"), but now the novelist should get used to the thought of another actor taking on the role.

With the upcoming reboot's script now complete, director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) has been candid about who he wants in his film.

Posting on Twitter, he wrote: “Lestat - there can be only one. #JaredLeto”.

It's hard to deny that Leto would be an inspired casting decision for Lestat, the Oscar-winning actor showing he's willing to go above and beyond for a role (as showcased via his role of the Joker in David Ayer's upcoming Suicide Squad).

The planned reboot - based on Rice's The Vampire Lestat - has been designed in the hope that other volumes from Rice's Vampire Chronicles will get film reworkings, including Queen of the Damned and Prince Lestat.

Interview with the Vampire, directed by Neil Jordan, starred Cruise alongside Brad Pitt and Kirsten Dunst. The story chronicles Lestat and wayward soul Louis' time together following the latter's transformation into a vampire.

Queen of the Damned was made into a film in 2002 with the late singer Aaliyah and Stuart Townsend in the lead roles. 

Leto won an Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club in 2014.