Jennifer Connelly Boards TNT's SNOWPIERCER

Written by Andrew Pollard Friday, 09 June 2017

TV News

With TNT’s upcoming Snowpiercer series now starting to assemble its cast, the show has moved to bring in Jennifer Connelly.

The Oscar winner will be well known to many genre fans for the likes of Labyrinth, The Rocketeer, Dark City, Requiem for a Dream, Hulk, and A Beautiful Mind (for which she won said Academy Award). In Snowpiercer, she will play Melania Cavill, described as “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.” Connelly joins the previously-announced Daveed Diggs on this upcoming adaptation.

Snowpiercer began life as a Jacques Lob and Jeam-Marc Rochette graphic novel before being turned in to 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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