Daveed Diggs to Headline TNT's SNOWPIERCER

Written by Andrew Pollard Wednesday, 17 May 2017

TV News

The end of last year saw TNT announce a Snowpiercer TV series, and now the network has found its star.

To take the lead in the show is Hamilton star Daveed Diggs, who will play Layton Well. The description of Layton reads, “A prisoner barely surviving the harsh conditions in the tail end of the train. A quiet thinker who spends his day 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.”

Snowpiercer began life as a Jacques Lob and Jeam-Marc Rochette graphic novel before being turned into a 2013 movie starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Song Kang-ho, John Hurt, Ed Harris, and Octavia Spencer. The futuristic tale is set seven years after the world has been turned in to a frozen wasteland, with the remaining survivors of humanity taking refuge on a perpetually moving train that circles this icy landscape. Of course, with a mixed bag of various survivors, it’s not long before familiar social themes such as class divides, social prejudice and politics come to the fore.

Where TNT’s small screen version is concerned, Sinister and Doctor Strange’s Scott Derrickson is on board to direct and executive produce the series, while Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles’s Josh Friedman is acting as writer and showrunner.

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