The film industry has a thing for adapting TV series to the big screen. However, in recent years movies have been making the jump to the small screen. From thrillers like Limitless to animated features like Hotel Transylvania, adapting movies to television has become more common. The science-fiction thriller Snowpiercer is one of the most recent additions to this list.
According to Deadline, the Snowpiercer pilot has found its lead actress in Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly. The series, based on Bong Joon-ho’s 2013 futuristic thriller, will be helmed by Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson, with Connelly starring opposite Daveed Diggs.
Staying true to the film’s plot, Snowpiercer is set in the aftermath of a global warming catastrophe – doesn’t sound too far from the present, does it?
The remnants of humanity now inhabit a perpetually moving train that circles around the globe. Inside, society hasn’t changed: classism, social injustice, and poverty still reign. Connelly will play Melanie Cavill, a First Class passenger who works as “the voice of the train” and makes the daily announcements. Although she holds a powerful and privileged position, Melanie is curiously fascinated by lower class passengers.
Daveed Diggs’ character is Layton Well, a prisoner who becomes a reluctant participant in a struggle that could overturn life on the train. This character is reminiscent of Chris Evans’ in the movie, while Connelly’s sounds completely opposite to Tilda Swinton’s cruel, upper-class character. We’ll see how they develop throughout the series.
Connelly’s last TV role was in the short-lived drama series The $treet, so this could be her triumphant return to the small screen. Plus, Derrickson and Connelly have previously worked together in The Day The Earth Stood Still, so that actor-director chemistry is already there.
Snowpiercer does not have a release date yet.
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