Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly is set to star in TNT’s “Snowpiercer” pilot, about a perpetually moving train that circles the globe after the world enters a new ice age.
Connelly will play Melanie Cavill, a First Class passenger who makes the daily announcements over the system, known as the Voice of the Train. The “Snowpiercer” story often deals with the subject of class, mainly how the rich passengers at the front of the train don’t pay attention to the working class and poverty-stricken ones in the back. Cavill, on the other hand, is fascinated by them.
The actress will be starring opposite “Hamilton” breakout and Tony winner Daveed Diggs, who is playing Layton Well, a prisoner who becomes a reluctant participant in the struggle on the train.
“Snowpiercer” is a sci-fi sgiw based on the 2013 feature by Bong Joon-ho, that starred Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton. The film itself is based on the French graphic novel “Le Transperceneige” by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette. In the film, Evans’ character leads a revolt by the group at the back of the train to make it to the front, stopping in a series of cars along the way.
The pilot will be directed by “Doctor Strange’s” Scott Derrickson. It’s being developed by Marty Adelstein/ITV Studios’ partnership Tomorrow Studios and Turner’s Studio T and CJ Entertainment.
“Snowpiercer” is one of three TNT projects being produced by Tomorrow Studios. The other two are “Good Behavior” and the “Highland” pilot.