'Snowpiercer' Adds Oscar Winner Jennifer Connelly

Carla Harmon
June 8, 2017

Turner's TNT announced today the addition of Academy Award victor Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) to the network's upcoming Snowpiercer series.

The pilot will be directed by Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange). "Snowpiercer" centers on the remnants of humanity, seven years after the world turned into a frozen wasteland.

With Snowpiercer's uniquely stylized dystopic premise, coupled with its overt political themes of class division and a putrid pathos focused on the sinking depths of the human condition, there will certainly be much with which to work when it comes to a prospective ongoing television series. The character is one of the train's first-class residents and is known as the Voice of the Train, making the daily announcements on the public address system. Although many in her VIP position are dismissive of the lower-class passengers, Melanie is curiously fascinated by them.

According to Deadline, Connelly will be teaming up with "Hamilton" star Daveed Diggs for the project.

TNT's promising Snowpiercer pilot has brought another crew member aboard its train that never stops: Mickey Sumner, who's also been seen on The Borgias and Low Winter Sun. Diggs portrays Layton Well, a clever prisoner who becomes an uncooperative participant in a pivotal battle that could tip the nature of power aboard the speeding train. Snowpiercer is based on the acclaimed 2013 film by writer/director Bong Joon-ho, which starred Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Go Ah-sung, John Hurt, and Ed Harris. 2001's A Beautiful Mind - a biopic of mathematician John Nash - would yield Connelly a 2002 Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress in a role opposite Russell Crowe.

Snowpiercer grossed $86.7 million during its theatrical release.

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