Deadline is reporting that Alison Wright and Benjamin Haigh are the latest names to join the cast of TNT pilot Snowpiercer, a futuristic thriller drama based on the 2013 feature film directed by Bong Joon-ho.
The pilot is set seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland and the remnants of humanity inhabit a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the globe. The show will tackle issues such as class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival. In addition to production starting soon on the pilot, the project is getting backup scripts written.
From the report it states that Alison Wright (whose credits include The Accountant and The Americans) will be playing the role of Lilah Anderson, who is careful and quiet but a pragmatic and independent thinker. Lilah lives with her husband and daughter in a fourth-class cabin and works in the train’s nail salon. Lilah doesn’t know how strong she is, but she’ll soon be forced to find out. Benjamin Haigh (whose credits include The Conjuring 2 and Genius.) will be playing the role of Fergus McConnell, who lives in the back of the train amongst poverty. He helps his mother care for his sick father, and does his best to contribute to the daily struggles of life in this part of the train.
The pilot will be co-produced by Tomorrow Studios and Studio T, with Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and the Avatar sequels) tapped to write the script for the series adaptation and become executive producer and showrunner if the pilot is given a series commitment at TNT. Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements will serve as Executive Producers of the pilot, alongside the original film’s Bong Joon-ho, Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun and Dooho Choi. Scott Derrickson will direct the pilot.