An actress who has won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe will star in a new drama that’s in the works at TNT. The cable channel announced that Jennifer Connelly is on board with the pilot “Snowpiercer.”
Connelly won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for the 2001 feature “A Beautiful Mind.” On the futuristic thriller “Snowpiercer,” she joins Daveed Diggs of “Hamilton” and “black-ish.”
The project will be directed by Scott Derrickson (“Doctor Strange”). Based on the movie of the same name, “Snowpiercer” is a co-production of Tomorrow Studios and Turner’s Studio T, along with CJ Entertainment.
The project is being executive produced by writer-showrunner Josh Friedman (“Avatar 4,” “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”); director Derrickson; Tomorrow Studios’ Marty Adelstein (“Aquarius,” “Prison Break,” “Teen Wolf”) and Becky Clements (“Good Behavior,” “Aquarius,” “Last Man Standing”); and the original film’s Bong Joon Ho, Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun and Dooho Choi.
“Set seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, ‘Snowpiercer’ centers on the remnants of humanity, who inhabit a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival are questioned in this riveting television adaptation,” TNT says in its announcement.
“Connelly will play Melanie Cavill, 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.”
TNT notes that “Snowpiercer” is part of a “programming evolution” for the network that began last year with the summer hit “Animal Kingdom” and continued with the network’s acclaimed drama “Good Behavior.”
“The evolution will continue this year with the debuts of the midnight-dark dramedy ‘Claws,’ starring Niecy Nash, and ‘Will,’ TNT’s raucous series about a young William Shakespeare,” TNT adds.