During the panel at San Diego Comic Con, TBS’ Snowpiercer revealed the first trailer for the hotly anticipated series.
Set over seven years after the world becomes a frozen wasteland, Snowpiercer centers on what remains of humanity. Everyone is stuck in a perpetually moving train that circles the globe. But even being the last people alive hasn’t fixed humanity’s insistence of class separation. The cars of the trains are divided by social standing, leaving the tail section for the lowest class who endure filthy conditions and meager food options.
Based on the graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, the story was previously adapted into a film starring Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton. The movie, directed by Bong Joon Ho, came out in 2013. Those who saw the film will recall that the story is incredibly bleak in many ways and hopeful in others. TBS isn’t trying to distance itself too far from the film adaptation either. The network even handed out the memorable bug bars, which are given to tail section passengers as their main protein source, at Comic-Con. Thankfully the bars at the convention were made more palatable with ingredients like peanuts, strawberries, coconut, honey, and, of course, cricket protein powder.
During their panel at Comic-Con, Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs, Alison Wright, Mickey Sumner, Lena Hall, Steven Ogg, and executive producer and showrunner Graeme Manson (Orphan Black) discussed what we can expect from their characters. Diggs plays Andre Layton, a character similar to Evans’ in the film adaptation except in TBS’ version, he’s a revolutionary leader and the only living homicide detective. You wouldn’t think there’s much reason for that job when everyone in the world is trapped on a train but when a murder takes place in one of the front section cars, Layton takes the case.
Sumner plays Bess Till, Layton’s partner, and Hall is the madame of the “Nightcar,” a type of brothel/cabaret. That means there will absolutely be musical numbers. Hopefully Diggs’ detective likes to sing. Connelly plays the powerful Voice of the Train Melanie Cavill, essentially the role Swinton had in the film, and Connelly even has a similar accent to her predecessor. Wright’s character is the sort of right hand to Cavill.
Snowpiercer premieres on TBS in the spring of 2020.
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