NOS4A2 Star Ashleigh Cummings Weighs in on Playing Vic McQueen

The actress discusses adapting the character from the book and what the key differences are.

By Chris Morse

The upcoming NOS4A2 TV miniseries finally debuts this Sunday and star Ashleigh Cummings recently spoke out about the adaptation and what fans of the novel can expect from her character. The actress plays Vic McQueen, a gifted young woman who can teleport herself to different places by riding her motorbike over a particular bridge. Because of this power, it quickly becomes apparently that she is destined to find herself going up against the villainous, child-abducting Charlie Manx.

In a chat with EW, Cummings weighed in on how faithful her character and the story is to the source material, revealing some slight differences while also mentioning that the miniseries will directly adapt certain scenes down to the details. Read her comments in full below.

I went to the source material a lot. I mean, there were certain scenes that were literally taken from the book and placed onto the screen. The book did a lot of my work for me. I would take the subtext, or whatever Joe Hill brilliantly wrote she was thinking, and I would place it on my script, so I had the same thoughts that book Vic was having. We definitely changed up the character little bit, because Jami wanted to stay with adult Vic, but we still wanted to have that emotional l arc and journey. So, the 18-year-old Vic we meet onscreen is not the 18-year-old Vic we meet in the book. 18-year-old Vic in the book is much harder, colder. I think she has ice in her veins. But the Vic that we meet in our show still has a huge vulnerable soft heart. She has to learn to become the hero, I suppose, and she hardens over time, but we still have to create that journey.

NOS4A2 was written by Joe Hill, son of acclaimed horror author Stephen King, and published on April 30th, 2013. The book tells the story of Vic McQueen, a woman who discovers she has the power to find lost things by opening portals to the location she is seeking. Her path eventually crosses with the immortal Charlie Manx, a supernatural child abductor who sustains himself by feeding on the souls of children. Naturally, the two become sworn adversaries to one another as she seeks to rescue those who have been lost to his clutches.

The miniseries stars Ashleigh Cummings (West Side, Hounds of Love) in the role of Vic McQueen, with Zachary Quinto (Star Trek film trilogy, American Horror Story) playing the part of Charlie Manx. The cast also includes Olafur Darri Olafsson, Virginia Kull, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Jahkara Smith, Karen Pittman, Rarmian Newton, Darby Camp, and Ashley Romans.

The NOS4A2 TV miniseries will premiere on June 2nd, 2019 at 9 PM eastern time on AMC. Stay tuned to Dead Entertainment for all the latest news and updates on this novel and television adaptation.

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