Steven Ogg

‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Westworld’ actor Steven Ogg has landed a recurring role on TNT’s ‘Snowpiercer’.  Ogg will play a character named Pike, who is described as:

Hardened and battle-scarred, Pike was a career convict, serving time in Cook County Jail for armed robbery at the time of the Freeze but escaped. He is a leader in the Tail and a warrior of his people.

‘Snowpiercer’ is inspired by the 2013 Bong Joon-ho film, which starred Chris Evans, Kang-ho Song, and Tilda Swinton.  The film itself was based on French graphic novel, ‘Le Transperceneige’ by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette.  After a botched attempt to stop global warming, the Earth is covered in ice and the only survivors dwell on a huge train that is perpetually in motion, circling the globe.  The wealthy and powerful live at the front of the train, while the downtrodden underclass live in the back.

Ogg is coming off his series regular role as Simon on AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ and his supporting role as villainous host Rebus on HBO’s ‘Westworld’.  He headlined the indie science fiction movie, ‘Solis’ which was unveiled in June at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Ogg’s ‘Snowpiercer’ role sounds pretty significant.  He will be joining series leads, Daveed Diggs and Jennifer Connolly.  Ogg looks to be one of Digg’s character, Layton Well’s allies.  Iddo Goldberg also stars.

After having been embroiled with issues after showrunner/writer/executive producer Josh Friedman left the series, to be followed by director Scott Derrickson, who shot the original pilot.  TNT apparently wanted the pilot heavily rewritten to take the show in a different direction.  Graeme Manson replaced Friedman, with James Hawes stepping in to reshoot portions of the pilot to better fit TNT’s vision for the series.

Things look to have settled down and with the addition of the excellent Ogg, things are looking up.  TNT has not yet announced when the series will begin airing.

Source: Deadline