The Tale of the Body Thief (2013)


A film adaptation of Anne Rice’s The Tale of the Body Thief was just recently announced. The film follows Rice’s most famous character, Lestat, as he trades bodies with a psychic, who then runs off, leaving Lestat mortal.

I absolutely loved the Vampire Chronicles in high school, and I read them all feverishly. The Tale of the Body Thief is, in my opinion, one of the best of the series, as it is a mostly self contained story. Sure, you will enjoy it a heck of a lot more if you read the first few books first, as you’ll understand Lestat a lot better, but nonetheless, it’s a really great read.

The basic premise is that Lestat is bored with being a vampire. He wants a new adventure, and like most vampires, he romanticizes being human again. The weakness and frailty of mortality is a lure for pretty much all of Anne Rice’s vampires, and Lestat is more brash than most. One trick he has mastered over the years is the ability to have out of body experiences. Essentially how it works is your soul leaves your body and you can go where ever you want while your body lays lifeless. He comes across one of the rare humans who also knows this trick, and the man offers Lestat the chance to temporarily switch bodies. The man wants to know what it’s like to be a vampire, and Lestat will have the opportunity to experience things again as a mortal. Win win.

The two switch bodies, and Lestat quickly sees how awful being mortal really is. But, uh oh, when the time and place comes for them to switch back, the man in Lestat’s body doesn’t show up!

Now Lestat, who is getting no help from his vampire friends, must hunt down the man and figure out a way to force his soul outside of his body. This is no easy task, as the man is now one of the most powerful immortals on the planet, and wants to keep it that way.

The Tale of the Body Thief

The Tale of the Body Thief doesn’t have a writer or director attached yet, but Brian Grazer and Ron Howard are producing.

The Tale of the Body Thief Trailer

Not yet.

The Tale of the Body Thief Release Date




Who’s In It?

No casting news yet. Tom Cruise and Stuart have played Lestat in previous films.

What’s Good About It?

It’s a really interesting story with Lestat, who is a fascinating character. Anne Rice, while no Hemingway, is a very talented writer who does her research before writing a book, and it really shows in the depth the worlds she creates.

What’s Bad About It?

Too few details at present. Also, The Queen of the Damned was a turd.

Our Clever Prediction

The fate of The Tale of the Body Thief is really up for grabs at present. It depends so heavily on the writer, director and the casting of Lestat. Tom Cruise did a fantastic job in Interview with the Vampire, and Stuart Townsend could have been decent if The Queen of the Damned wasn’t so poorly written, but Lestat really has to be magnetic for this to work, and there needs to be 2 actors to inhabit this magnetism, as both the vampire version and the human version must possess the same impressive charisma.


  1. I think Tom Hiddleston (“Thor, Midnight In Paris, War Horse, The Avengers”) would be a perfect Lestat for Body Thief.

    Straiten his hair after it’s grown out a bit and he’d have the look since he’s naturally blonde and already has the body, mesmerizing eyes, and chiseled facial features. We know from “Thor” & “The Avengers” he’d have no trouble with the character since he was superb as Loki; able to completely capture the violent, predatory aspect of his nature while maintaining the sly, seductive charm and spoiled arrogance of a former Prince of Asgard made would-be ruler of Earth.

    However in addition to that he’d have no trouble giving a brilliant performance as a human suddenly given all the power of Lestat’s body. Experiencing and testing it’s limits, feeling the elation and excitement at each new discovered ability and heightened sense, and the ease with which possessing so much power further corrupted the psychic’s nature and turned his arrogance to hubris; Hiddleston could make that not only completely believable, but would do so with subtlety and a brilliantly nuanced performance rather than over-acting it (which would be very easy to do.)

    I’m confident in his ability and suggest anyone who doubts it to check out his performance in the play “Cymbeline” where he won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Newcomer for his portrayal of both Posthumus Leonatus and Cloten. (That’s in the same performance at the same time and not two roles in two plays, just to be clear.)

    The two characters are so different yet their lives/fates are so intertwined- both centered around women, love, lies, & jealousy- Hiddleston pulled it off with aplomb.

    Plus he has a huge fan base that would ensure the film did reasonably well, which couldn’t hurt because it’s been a while since “Interview” and then, as you said, “Queen of the Damned” was such a let-down.

    Not to mention the fact that freaking “Twilight” with it’s lame non-vampire vampires has everyone feeling sick of bloodsuckers!

    I say it’s high time there’s a film that reminds everyone what REAL vampires do!

    Real vampires don’t sparkle in the sunlight; that’s something you say to describe the barrettes little girls wear or the dress of a princess in a Disney movie.

    REAL vampires freaking kill you, your whole family, & your poodles, then dump your bodies in a swamp and call it “Tuesday night’s dinner.”

    But I truly want this movie to do well and hope it does because
    1) I love Anne Rice
    2) Lestat is a great character and these are great books
    and 3) I’m tired of people associating vampire fiction with the rape of the written word and subsequent cinematic abortions that Stephanie Meyers calls “The Twilight Saga”!

    The only thing that s#^& has in common with vampires is the fact that it just won’t die.

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