Academy Award-winning Jennifer Connelly has been cast as First Class Passeneger in Scott Derrickson’s TV adaptation of Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer . The critically acclaimed 2013 portrayed the last vestiges of mankind hurtling around the earth on a train named the Snowpiercer, with the poor people living in back and the wealthy living up front in luxurious settings, which sounds pretty heartless until you ask: who the hell paid for the train?
Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson will direct the first hour-long pilot episode.
Deadline reports that Connelly has been cast as Melanie Cavill, a privileged individual who’s intrigued by the lives of the lower classes. Brief details of her role were also revealed:
“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.”
My take: she can act, and she’s attractive. Her voice is soothing and sounds perfect for the voice of the train. The real question is why the hell are they moving this to television? I know film hasn’t been very receptive of this subgenre as of late, but do we need a television series based on Joon Ho’s Snowpiercer flick? How about a novel concept for a change? How about it, Hollywood? Will you make something new and fresh for a change, or is money the only object you can see?