Star Trek and American Horror Story star Zachary Quinto has been cast as a "seductive immortal" in AMC's supernatural horror series NOS4A2; Australian TV actress Ashleigh Cummings will also join the cast of the series, which is based on Joe Hill’s best-selling novel.
NOS4A2 centers on a vampire-like figure named Charlie Manx who feeds on the souls of children. When Manx is done feeding, he leaves the children’s remains in an imaginary place inside his mind called Christmasland where it’s always Christmas and it’s against the law to be unhappy. A young woman named Vic McQueen discovers she has the supernatural ability to track the “seductive immortal” Manx, and now she must try to defeat the evil entity and rescue his victims, without losing her mind herself.
AMC announced that it has cast the two main characters for its 10-episode series adaptation of NOS4A2. Emmy-nominated actor Zachary Quinto will play Charlie Manx, while Ashleigh Cummings takes on the role of Vic McQueen. In addition, the network reveals that Emmy-nominated director Kari Skogland (The Handmaid’s Tale) will direct the series’ first two episodes. Production on the series began this week in Rhode Island.
Quinto has already made his mark playing a villain on a genre TV series, portraying the watchmaker-turned-killer Sylar on NBC’s Heroes. Of course, Quinto is also known for playing the good guy Spock in 2009’s Star Trek reboot as well as its two sequels. Quinto scored an Emmy nomination in 2013 for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his role in American Horror Story. Earlier this year, Quinto starred alongside Jodie Foster and Sterling K. Brown in the sci-fi movie Hotel Artemis. He can next be seen starring alongside Andre Holland and Zazie Beetz in Steven Soderbergh’s High Flying Bird, which was recently picked up by Netflix.
Quinto’s NOS4A2 co-star Cummings is a relative unknown in America, but she does have a lengthy resume on Australian television, with roles on Home and Away, Puberty Blues, Gallipoli and Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. Next year, she will star alongside Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson and Ansel Elgort in the drama The Goldfinch.
With Quinto and Cummings hopping aboard, AMC has assembled an intriguing pair of leads for NOS4A2. Horror of course is one of the network’s specialties thanks to The Walking Dead and its spinoff Fear the Walking Dead, as well as the acclaimed new series The Terror, which is set for a second season. The supernatural also plays a part in AMC’s Preacher, though that series tends more toward the outrageous and comedic. It will be interesting to see if NOS4A2 proves to be another successful horror series for AMC when it premieres in 2019.