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PREMIERE: SNOWPIERCER With Jennifer Connelly & Daveed Diggs Moves Up TNT Premiere To May 17th


TNT’s Snowpiercer series starring Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs has moved up its premiere to May 17th because of the big appetite for at-home entertainment amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Inspired by Oscar-winner Bong Joon Ho’s futuristic 2013 thriller with Chris Evans, the Snowpiercer series takes place seven years after a post-apocalyptic Ice Age — the Freeze– aboard a 1001-car, perpetually moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival play out.


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Cast: Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs, Alison Wright, Mickey Sumner, Susan Park, Iddo Goldberg, Katie McGuinness, Lena Hall, Steven Ogg, Annalise Basso, Sam Otto, Roberto Urbina, Sheila Vand and Jaylin Fletcher. Rowan Blanchard is a series regular in season two.

In Snowpiercer, there is a caste system on the train with the rich at the front and the poor at the tail end.

Jennifer Connelly is Melanie Cavill at the Front, working as the Voice of the Train and living in first-class.

Daveed Diggs is “tailie” Andre Layton at the Tail end of the train, a former police detective who is  about to lead an uprising at the train’s Tail when he us summoned to the front of the train to investigate a murder.

Jaylin Fletcher is Miles, one of the few children in the Tail and smart enough to move forward as an apprentice.

Mickey Sumner is brakeman Bess Till, part of the train’s security force.

Alison Wright (The Americans) is Ruth Wardle, second in command to Head of Hospitality Melanie Cavill (Connelly) and dedicated enforcer of the Order that defines the train’s class system.

Iddo Goldberg is Bennett, an engineer who designed the train and knows its secrets

Showrunner: Graeme Manson (Orphan Black).

Snowpiercer showed its trailer at San Diego Comic Con last July.

TBS gave ad-buyers a look at the series at the Upfronts last May.

Why the long delay?

TNT ordered the Snowpiercer pilot in late 2016. The pilot filmed in Vancouver in the Fall of 2017. And TNT picked it up to series in January, 2018. Original showrunner Josh Friedman exited not long after and Graeme Manson (Orphan Black) replaced him.

“It takes a long time to make really good sh*t,” Daveed Diggs said at this year’s Winter TCA event.

“It had a long birth. It’s a really great property, I’m a huge fan of director Bong ’s movie and huge fan of the graphic novels, and it took a long time to get it right and we got it right,” Graeme Manson said.

Snowpiercer season one filmed in Vancouver from August to late December 2018.

Related: Snowpiercer Series with Jennifer Connelly and David Diggs Starts Filming in Vancouver. 

Season 2 filmed in Vancouver, starting last Fall and wrapping prematurely on March 12th when the film industry shut down amid coronavirus fears.

Related: Snowpiercer renews season 2 before season one premieres.

Snowpiercer season 2 — which added Sean Bean to its cast — had a week and a half of filming to do but is not expected to return when it is safe to do so. Word is production will fashion a season 2 finale from what they have.


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