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The Complete Alexandra Daddario Series: Mayfair Witches

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Mayfair Witches, from The Complete Alexandra Daddario Series

In the same setting as the Vampire Chronicles is Anne Rice’s The Mayfair Witches, starring Alexandra Daddario.
Investing heavily in Anne Rice is AMC Networks. Even though the renowned gothic fantasy author passed away in 2021, a high-end television adaptation of her works seems to be the best hope for a significant resurgence of interest in her works. The Mayfair Witches, starring Alexandra Daddario, is one of them.

AMC has struggled to find a new flagship program since the conclusion of some of their most lauded and popular shows, including Halt and Catch Fire, Breaking Bad, and Mad Men over the past few years (since various Walking Deads are looking a little zombie-like). As the second of their adaptations of her well-known shared universe of vampires, witches, and various demons, Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches has been announced.

The Mayfair Witches is slated to be Anne Rice’s follow-up novel after Interview with the Vampire debuts in October 2022. What is known so far about the show is as follows:

Dr. Rowan Mayfair is Alexander Daddingo.

Alexandra Daddario will portray the title role in 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 show The White Lotus and Starz’s The Girlfriend Experience.

Rowan, who is described as being stunning and powerful, 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

There was news that a fantastic character actor had been cast for Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches in early May 2022. Jack Huston has been selected to play Lasher, as noted by TV Line and other outlets. In accordance with the character’s official series description, he is a “strong, shape-shifting entity who has been bound to the Mayfair witches for hundreds of years.”

On the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, Huston is best known as the tragic Richard Harrow. On Fargo’s fourth season, a crime anthology series, he later made a big impression as corrupt detective Odis Weff.

ON THREE ANNE RICE NOVELS, THE MAYFAIR WITCHES IS BASED.

Lives of the Mayfair Witches, an adaptation of which Anne Rice is planning, consists of three standalone novels and several crossovers with one of her other major series about depressing vampires (but more on that in a minute).

The Mayfair Witches centres on the titular Mayfair family, a group of extremely wealthy eccentrics in New Orleans (where Rice’s stories typically take place). The tone veers between a very intense Southern Gothic in Tennessee Williams’ style (i.e., lots of emotional repression and monologues) and a paranormal soap opera like Dark Shadows.

The series’ main character, Dr. Rowan Mayfair, travels back to their ancestral Louisiana home and encounters a number of bizarre events, including very sexual ghosts, children who are half human, and even stranger things. Everything is very intense, so it will be interesting to see where AMC takes the story.

THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES AND THE MAYFAIR WITCHES ARE BOTH IN THE SAME UNIVERSE.

The Mayfair Witches is set in the same fictional world as her better-known The Vampire Chronicles books. Characters from different books, like Merrick and Blackwood Farm, appeared in several of them. The Interview with the Vampire adaptation starring Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, and Kirsten Dunst and Queen of the Damned with Aaliyah are just two of the feature films that have already been made based on The Vampire Chronicles.

The former received fair reviews while the latter received terrible ones (despite Anne Rice herself initially strongly objecting to Tom Cruise being cast as her fan-favorite character Lestat before later reversing her position and apologising).

Given that AMC is rebooting the vampire component of the Riceverse (we’re going to call it that first) first, there will eventually be some crossovers between Interview with the Vampire Chronicles and The Mayfair Witches.

ALEXANDRA DADDARIO’S MAYFAIR WITCHES SERIES DOESN’T HAVE A RELEASE DATE.

The premiere date for AMC’s adaptation of Anne Rice’s The Mayfair Witches is currently unknown. We do know that the eight-episode series is currently in production and that a premiere date for it in early 2023 is being targeted. Soon, hopefully, we’ll know a concrete date.

We already know that the second series in the network’s plan to create a universe based on Rice’s works has been announced, so we’ll just have to wait to find out when Interview with the Vampire will be released. Lestat de Lioncourt, the perennially popular bad boy of Anne Rice’s works, is rumoured to be getting his own show soon (who has already been announced to be played by Sam Reid).

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