Jennifer Connelly admits that she had reservations about ‘Snowpiercer’ before signing on. The idea of setting an entire series in one location– onboard a massive train– without the characters ever going outside can be claustrophobic. But it seems the creators have considered that and built in a special “device” that can at least simulate life outside of the train.
At SDCC, Connelly addressed that situation:
“I had similar reservations about it initially, and then I saw some of the drawings for the sets and they allayed any fears. And then when I saw them realized, it’s really extraordinary. It is a contained system but there’s such diversity. I mean, all of life is on this train, and it’s pretty magical.”
Snowpiercer is no ordinary locomotive. It houses all of the human survivors of Earth, which is now covered in ice following a bungled attempt to reverse global warming. Connolly portrays Melanie Cavill, the head of hospitality who is also, “the voice of the train, she does the announcements to all of the passengers.”
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Also, unlike the 2013 film of the same name, the ‘Snowpiercer’ series will explore the entire train, not just the front “first-class” and poverty-riddled rear. It helps that the show has already been renewed for a second season before the first episode has even aired. That means more space to explore this wondrous vehicle.
Co-star Daveed Diggs exclaimed:
“What season of a show have you ever watched that had 1,001 sets? That took place in 1,001 different locations? How many seasons deep do you have to go in any given show before you have over a thousand locations? There are moments where our characters are looking at maps of the train, and for me, as an actor, it was a reminder of, like: ‘Oh shit, we’re not even like—look there’s no way we get to the front! Look how many cars this is!’”
‘Snowpiercer’ will premiere on TBS sometime in 2020.