Alexandra Daddario has been cast as the lead in the AMC series Mayfair Witches.
Mayfair Witches is based on Anne Rice's Lives of the Mayfair Witches trilogy, which encompasses The Witching Hour, Lasher, and Taltos, providing plenty of material for AMC's series.
AMC Reveals First Casting for Mayfair Witches
Variety reports that Alexandra Daddario has been cast as Rowan Mayfair, the main character in Rice's trilogy, who is a neurosurgeon who discovers she is the heir to a family of witches and must deal with her newfound power and position.
Mayfair Witches has been given an order for an eight-episode first season, with plans to premiere later in 2022. Esta Spalding and Michelle Ashford wrote and executive produced the show, with Spalding also serving as showrunner.
Dan McDermott, president of entertainment and AMC Studios for AMC Networks, said of Daddario’s casting:
More Ann Rice Adaptations on AMC
Aside from Mayfair Witches, AMC is working on an adaptation of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, beginning with Interview with the Vampire, the first book in the series. In 1994, filmmaker Neil Jordan adapted the novel into a film starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, and Kirsten Dunst.
In 2020, AMC acquired the rights to both The Vampire Chronicles and Mayfair Witches, which spans 18 novels. Each season of the shows is intended to adapt a different book, but AMC has yet to confirm this.
A Major Project for Alexandra Daddario
Though Daddario has taken the lead in several of her projects, earning the role of Rowan in Mayfair Witches is a major coup for her. Rowan is a pivotal character in Rice's Lives of the Mayfair Witches trilogy, and she will play a vital role in the events that shape the story, providing Daddario a chance to shine in the role.
Daddario has progressively risen through the ranks to land a role like this, and her potential and presence should contribute to bringing Rowan to life in Mayfair Witches in a distinctive, memorable, and compelling sense.
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