Sean Bean has been cast as a series regular for the second season of ‘Snowpiercer‘. No further information was revealed about his character. ‘Snowpiercer’ was originally developed to air on TNT, but in May of this year, it was announced that it would air on sister-channel TBS, only for that to be reversed in September, with the show once again set to air on TNT. In May, it was also announced that a second series had been ordered. Bean previously starred on the TNT series ‘Legends’ which ran for two seasons.
Bean is probably best known for playing Eddard “Ned” Stark on ‘Game of Thrones’. His character was shockingly killed at the end of the first season, setting the tone for the series, which would feature countless deaths of both major and minor characters. After ‘GoT’, Bean went on to star on U.S. and British TV series ‘Missing’, ‘Wasted’, ‘Broken’, ‘The Frankenstein Chronicles’, ‘The Oath’, ‘Medici’, ‘Curfew’, and he can currently be seen on the BBC One miniseries ‘World on Fire’.
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The TV version of ‘Snowpiercer’ was first optioned by TNT in 2015, and ordered to pilot the next year, in 2016. In May 2017, it was announced that Scott Derrickson would direct the pilot, based on a script by Josh Friedman, who was in line to act as showrunner. In 2018, TNT picked up the pilot but fired Friedman and demanded reshoots, which Derrickson refused to film following the removal of Friedman. In July of 2018, James Hawes was brought in to replace Derrickson.
‘Snowpiercer’ is set in a world that has been covered in ice and snow after a botched attempt to reverse global warming. All that remains of society dwells aboard an enormous super train called the Snowpiercer, with the wealthy living in luxury toward the front of the train, and the poor toiling in squalor in the back. Daveed Diggs co-headlines the series as Layton Well, a quiet tinker who lives in the back of the train, only to find himself drawn into a conspiracy in the front. Jennifer Connelly also headlines as Melanie Cavill, a prominent figure in the front of the train, who makes announcements to the other passengers.
‘Snowpiercer’ will be released in 2020 on TNT. (For now…)