After ordering a pilot based on the film Snowpiercer a while back, TNT has now greenlit a full season of the sci-fi series about a group of survivors on a massive train in the frozen remnants of Earth.
Taking its universe from South Korean superstar Bong Joon Ho’s 2013 movie of the same name (he’s also done Okja and The Host), Jennifer Connelly will share the spotlight with Hamilton’s Daveed Diggs. According to Variety the extended cast includes Mickey Sumner, Annalise Basso, Sam Otto, Susan Park, Benjamin Haigh, Sasha Frolova, Sheila Vand, Katie McGuinness, Alison Wright, Roberto Urbina and Lena Hall.
After a pilot episode directed by Scott Derrickson of Doctor Strange fame and written by Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), the series will follow - like the Chris Evans-led film - the survivors of a world-freezing apocalypse “who inhabit a gigantic, perpetually-moving train that circles the globe. As it does, issues of class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival are raised.”
Connelly plays a First Class passenger on board the train who serves as its Voice, which makes PA announcements throughout the day to all inhabitants. Diggs is the more familiar hero of the story, a prisoner caught up in a class revolution brewing in the train’s tail-end cars.
“Science fiction is the perfect genre to examine issues of race, class, gender, and natural resources with thought-provoking and exciting storytelling," Sarah Aubrey, TNT’s executive vice president of original programming, said. "Snowpiercer will explore those relevant issues while embarking on a wild, action-filled ride."
Joon Ho returns as a producer on the show, so some of its grimy, full-fleshed weirdness may follow as the show barrels along the icy tundra. No premiere date has yet been announced for the TNT drama.