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Snowpiercer opened to rave reviews in 2014, and quickly became one of the most talked about films of that year. The movie, based on the graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, told the story of a class struggle between the last surviving humans on a train after the world had been covered in ice.

TNT recent announced it was looking to adapt Snowpiercer into a television show, and Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson had been tapped to direct the pilot. The series has now found one of its stars, and it looks like TNT is going after A-list talent.

Jennifer Connelly Is Cast In Snowpiercer Pilot

'The Day the Earth Stood Still' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
'The Day the Earth Stood Still' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]

Deadline is reporting that has been cast in TNT’s Snowpiercer pilot, which will take place seven years before the earth has been turned into an barren tundra. Jennifer Connelly will star beside , and will be playing Melanie Cavill, a first-class passenger aboard the train who makes the daily announcements for the passengers.

Although Cavill is a person of importance on the train, her curiosity draws her towards the lower-class passengers, which leads her into trouble. Connelly's co-star, Daveed Diggs, will be playing Layton Well, described as a prisoner aboard the train who reluctantly becomes involved in the struggle for class equality.

This will be Jennifer Connelly’s return to television, and her last foray into the medium was in 2000 on the Fox miniseries The $treet. Connelly mostly tackles film projects, and the actress previously won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Ron Howard’s acclaimed film, A Beautiful Mind.

Snowpiercer is a terrific film, and it looks like TNT is putting everything they have into the television version of the property. They have acquired some A-list talent in Jennifer Connelly, and Scott Derrickson is a fantastic director. Josh Friedman will be the showrunner on Snowpiercer, but he has already assembled a fantastic team including the film’s original creative team, including director Bong Joon Ho.

The Snowpiercer pilot will begin production soon, and we will have to wait until it is completed to know if the pilot will get picked up for a full series run. While you’re waiting for TNT’s Snowpiercer, make sure you check out the original 2014 film if you haven’t already.

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(Source: Deadline)


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