Deadline is reporting that Roberto Urbina and Katie McGuinness 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.
Roberto Urbina (whose credits include Che: Part One and Narcos) will be playing the role of Avi, part of a polyamorous relationship that’s reeling from a personal tragedy. He also works on The Breach Team, the train’s equivalent of a fireman. Katie McGuinness (whose credits include Stan Lee’s Lucky Man and Roots) will be playing the role of Josie McConnell, a strong, no-nonsense woman who lives in poverty at the tail of the train. Josie cares for her sick husband as well as their precocious son. She would do anything for her family, and when unforeseen circumstances turn their lives upside-down, she’ll learn exactly how far she’ll go.
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.