AMC’s Adaptation of Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches Books Has Found Its Star

Interview With the Vampire isn’t the only Anne Rice adaptation coming to AMC—the network has a whole Anne Rice cinematic universe in the works. And the second series in that universe has found its lead: Alexandra Daddario will star in Mayfair Witches.

Rice’s Lives of the Mayfair Witches series begins with The Witching Hour, a dauntingly thick tome with vague and dramatic cover copy:

Demonstrating once again her gift for spellbinding storytelling, Anne Rice makes real for us a great dynasty of four centuries of witches—a family given to poetry and incest, murder and philosophy, a family that over the ages is itself haunted by a powerful, dangerous, and seductive being called Lasher who haunts the Mayfair women.

Moving in time from today’s New Orleans and San Francisco to long-ago Amsterdam and the France of Louis XIV, from the coffee plantations of Port-au-Prince to Civil War New Orleans and back to today, Anne Rice has spun a mesmerizing tale that challenges everything we believe in.

Variety describes Daddario’s character, Rowan, as “a brilliant doctor who grapples with her fate as the heir to a family of powerful witches.” AMC has ordered an eight-episode first season of the show, which has Esta Spalding and Michelle Ashford as writers and executive producers, with Spalding also working as showrunner.

Daddario might be best known to genre fans as Annabeth in the Percy Jackson movies. More recently, she appeared in The White Lotus, and she was in three episodes of American Horror Story.

In Variety’s report, AMC’s Dan McDermott says, “We found our Rowan and can’t wait for her to meet viewers later this year in a series,” which suggests the network is moving quickly to bring its Anne Rice universe to the screen; Interview With the Vampire is already in production, and Mayfair Witches can’t be far behind.

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