From showrunner Josh Friedman (of the incredibly short-lived but rather excellent The Sarah Connor Chronicles), the TV adaptation of Snowpiercer has just set two more big names aboard the train. Tony Award-winning Hamilton actor Daveed Diggs is set to star, and Doctor Strange helmer Scott Derrickson will be directing the show’s pilot.
Set seven years after an apocalyptic ice age leaves Earth as a frozen wasteland, Snowpiercer will focus on the survivors who “inhabit a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the globe,” per a press release. Diggs will play Layton Well, “a prisoner barely surviving the harsh conditions in the tail end of the train. A quiet thinker who spends his days sniffing the industrial-waste-turned-drug Chronole and tending to his cage full of rats, Layton becomes a reluctant participant in a struggle that could upend life on the train.”
Diggs has recently been spreading his acting chops across several different shows since the success of Hamilton, including appearing on both Netflix’s The Get Down and Fox’s Black-Ish. Derrickson, a director mostly known for his horror films like The Exorcism Of Emily Rose and Sinister, recently came off his biggest success to date with Marvel’s Doctor Strange, which in turn starred Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, who also appeared in the 2013 film version of Snowpiercer.
Snowpiercer is a French graphic novel that was adapted into a movie by Bong Joon-ho back in 2013, and while that movie wasn’t necessarily some box-office hit, it did well for cinephiles, critics, and the art-house circuit.
You can check out the trailer for the 2013 film starring Chris Evans and directed by Bong Joon-ho:
Joon Ho is even returning to executive produce the new TV series, along with his fellow South Korean auteur, Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, The Handmaiden). Tomorrow Studios’ Marty Adelstein (Prison Break, Teen Wolf), and Becky Clements (Good Behavior, Last Man Standing) will also serve as executive producers.
The show has just entered pre-production so it’s possible we could see a late 2018 premiere for the new TNT series, Snowpiercer.
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