Jennifer Connelly has just been cast in the TV series based on Bong Joon-Ho’s 2013 film, “Snowpiercer.” The news was first reported by Deadline.
The film was based on the French graphic novel, “Le Transperceneige.” It tells the story of a post-apocalyptic existence. The world is plunged into a new ice age. The only remaining habits live aboard a train that never stops moving. It explores political issues of class warfare. Chris Evans starred in the theatrical version.
Connelly won an Academy Award for “A Beautiful Mind.” She returns to series television for the first time since the short-lived “The $treet” ended in 2001. Here, she plays Melanie Cavill. Deadline describes her character this way:
Melanie Cavill [is] a First Class passenger who works as the Voice of the Train – responsible for making the daily announcements over its PA system. Though many in her VIP position are dismissive of the lower class passengers, Melanie is curiously fascinated by them. Diggs plays Layton Well, a prisoner who becomes a reluctant participant in a struggle that could upend life on the train.
Connelly joins Daveed Diggs, who plays Layton Well. Diggs is best known for his work on the Netflix series “The Get Down.” He has a recurring role on “Black-ish” as Bow’s brother Johan. And he was in several episodes of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”He can be seen this fall in “Wonder,” which stars Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay.
Episode 1 is directed by Scott Derrickson. He wrote and directed last year’s “Doctor Stranger.” The first episode was written by Josh Friedman. He wrote many episodes of “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” and is working on “Avatar 2.”