According to Variety, The White Lotus star Alexandra Daddario has been tapped for the leading role in AMC Networks’ forthcoming series adaptation of Mayfair Witches, based on Anne Rice’s supernatural horror novel trilogy of the same name. She is set to portray the role of a brilliant doctor named Rowan, who grapples with her fate as the heir to a family of powerful witches.
“Alexandra is a singular talent who has lit up the screen in everything she’s been in and we couldn’t be happier to have her on board leading the cast of a series that will be a centerpiece of an expanding Anne Rice universe on AMC+ and AMC,” President of Entertainment and AMC Studios for AMC Networks, Dan McDermott said in a statement. “We found our Rowan and can’t wait for her to meet viewers later this year in a series being brilliantly conceived and led by Esta, Michelle, and Mark.”
Daddario’s casting comes after three months since the acclaimed gothic author, who at the age of 80, had passed away due to “complications resulting from a stroke,” according to son Christopher Rice. The late author was originally set to executive produce the project along with her son.
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Based on Anne Rice’s Lives of the Mayfair Witches trilogy novel, Mayfair Witches hails from Masters of Sex‘s Esta Spalding and Michelle Ashford, who are both serving as writers and executive producers. Spalding is also set as the showrunner under her overall deal with AMC Studios.
Set to make its debut later this year on AMC+, the series will focus on an intuitive young neurosurgeon who discovers that she is the unlikely heir to a family of witches. As she grapples with her newfound powers, she must contend with a sinister presence that has haunted her family for generations.
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The series adaptation will consist of eight episodes produced by AMC Studios. Christopher Rice is executive producing on all projects based on his late mother’s iconic works which were acquired by AMC Networks in 2020.
This serves as the second project in the network’s expanding Anne Rice universe, following the upcoming Interview with the Vampire series.