Snowpiercer TV Series News, Cast, Story and More

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jan 22, 2018 in Rat News | Subscribe

Snowpiercer, TNT’s upcoming hour-long television pilot, adapting director Bong Joon Ho’s 2013 South Korean dystopic sci-fi film of the same name, will be headlined by an Oscar winner in Jennifer Connelly, who is joined by Hamilton stage standout Daveed Diggs. Plus, Doctor Strange helmer Scott Derrickson directed the pilot and serves as executive producer.

With Snowpiercer’s uniquely stylized dystopic premise, coupled with its overt political themes of class division, there will certainly be much with which to work when it comes to a prospective ongoing television series. TNT has ordered the project to series, although it always seemed likely, as they had backup scripts ready to go when they first ordered the pilot to production. Snowpiercer is a production of Tomorrow Studios via executive producers Mary Adelstein and Becky Clements and Turner’s Studio T.

Snowpiercer TV Series News

While a recent series order for TNT’s Snowpiercer gave the impression that it was chugging along smoothly on the proverbial track of production, it appears that is no longer the case. The appointed showrunner/writer/executive-producer, Josh Friedman, has parted ways with the series over the cited reason of creative differences, reports Deadline. His replacement has yet to found.

The completed Snowpiercer pilot saw a collaboration in which Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson worked off a script by Friedman. While Friedman was meant to stay on afterwards as showrunner, it appears that the continuing endeavor of the series has exposed a major directional divide – though it was not specified if Friedman’s differences were with TNT or other creative forces. 

Friedman came into his Snowpiercer tenure with television work under his belt such as NBC’s late pirate drama, Crossbones, along with other adapted series such as Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and the halted adaptation of comic book series Locke Key (to which Derrickson is attached). However, Friedman will still have a full plate even without Snowpiercer, since he happens to be working on scripts for a few “small” film projects in James Cameron’s Avatar sequels.

Snowpiercer TV Series Story

2013’s Snowpiercer, directed by Bong Joon Ho, adapting the French comic book Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Jean-Marc Rochette and Benjamin Legrand, seemed like an odd foreign film detour for Marvel Cinematic Universe Captain America Chris Evans. Yet, with a limited U.S. theatrical release, the South Korean film managed to achieve respectable box office numbers with $86.8 million USD worldwide. ($4.5 million from the U.S. release.) Moreover, the breadth of its critical acclaim in the States widened by way of DVD/Blu-ray, VOD and premium cable airings.

The Snowpiercer mythology depicts a society living in the aftermath of a catastrophic climate engineering experiment that left the Earth engulfed in an ice age, relegating the remnants of humanity to live on a massive experimental locomotive – the titular Snowpiercer – powered by its own perpetual motion, rounding a circumnavigational track. Thus, TNT Snowpiercer pilot is set seven years after the events of the 2013 film, which ended in a major act of back-end sedition with the derailment of the train by way of an explosion-triggered avalanche. That, however, was only a temporary setback for the Snowpiercer. However, as its class divisions remain prevalent, seeds of a revolution are sowed and people like Daveed Diggs’s introverted prisoner Layton Well are swept in its force.

Snowpiercer TV Series Cast

Jennifer Connelly will play a character named Melanie Cavill. A member of the train’s First Class, Melanie is known as the “Voice of the Train,” heard across all cars through a PA system, making daily announcements. While, the idea of front-end First-Classers looking down upon the back-end peasants is par for the course of the established story, it seems that Melanie fields a fascination with the other half; a fascination that may just put her in the orbit of Diggs’s Layton Well during a subsequent upheaval.

Daveed Diggs will play new primary character Layton Well, a prisoner living in the dregs of the train’s societal steerage in the back end. Described as a “quiet thinker” who spends his days tending to a cage filled with pet rats and sniffing a makeshift drug made from industrial waste called Chronole, Layton becomes an unlikely participant in an upheaval that could see caste clashes on the train.

Diggs, an actor whose acclaim continues to escalate, is coming off his roles in the Broadway phenomenon Hamilton as Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de Lafayette, a run on sitcom Black-ish and Baz Lurhmann’s hip-hop throwback Netflix series The Get Down.

Mickey Sumner will play a character named Bess Till. Described as “thoughtful” and “empathetic,” Bess holds the job of brakeman; a position that’s part of the perpetually-running post-apocalyptic train’s security force. Much like the class-divided primary characters in Jennifer Connelly’s Melanie and Daveed Diggs’s Layton, Sumner’s Bess will find herself caught in the middle of the caste clashes that will be depicted.

Alison Wright will play Lilah Anderson. The character, a quiet, careful type, described as a “pragmatic and independent thinker,” lives in the fourth-class cabin of the titular post-apocalyptic train with her husband and daughter, working in a nail salon. With a potentially violent class upheaval set for the series, Lilah will find herself utilizing some previously untapped inner-strength.

Benjamin Haigh also boards the train’s primary cast to play Fergus McConnell, an embattled urchin surrounded by bleakness and poverty in the back end that forces him to grow up way too fast. His existence mostly centers on providing whatever he can scavenge for his family, along with helping his mother in the care of his sick father.  

The prodigious Haigh recently came into some prominent roles, notably with the 2016 horror film sequel The Conjuring 2 and on the Nat Geo Albert Einstein biographical series Genius. He’ll next appear in the historical royal drama Victoria and Abdul, starring Judi Dench and Ali Fazal, which arrives in September.

Lena Hall will play Sayori, the resident archivist and member of the caste-divided train’s upper management, charged with keeping written record of events and handling staffing to fill the crucial roles that keep the microcosmic locomotive chugging along.

Snowpiercer Release Date

At this rate, don’t expect Snowpiercer to arrive before late 2018 or early 2019. We’ll update this when we have official confirmation.

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