In the new AMC show NOS4A2 (premiering June 2), Zachary Quinto plays Charlie Manx, a vampiric ghoul who rejuvenates by feeding on the life forces of children as he transports them to a fantasy world he has created called Christmasland. “In the journey, they become these ghoulish creatures, and Charlie Manx is fed with vitality and youth,” the actor told EW last year.
Ashleigh Cummings plays the show’s heroine, Vic McQueen, who is about to enter her senior year at a high school in Massachusetts. “She’s a working-class kid who has such a creative mind that it actually gives her a kind of superpower,” says showrunner Jami O’Brien. “Charlie Manx becomes aware of her and realizes that she may be bad news for him, so he has to figure out pretty quickly what to do about her.
The show’s title — a riff on F.W. Murnau’s classic horror film Nosferatu — directly refers to the vanity plate on Manx’s car, a 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith. “The car has a very special relationship with Charlie Manx,” says O’Brien. “I would describe them as partners in crime.”
NOS4A2 is based on the novel by Joe Hill. Watch an exclusive trailer for the show above.