I’m always wary of things I love being adapted these days, but this is good news.
Daveed Diggs, he who won a Tony Award for originating the role of Lafayette & Thomas Jefferson in Hamilton, has signed on to star in a television series adaptation of Snowpiercer. Diggs is a hell of a talent so tis is superb casting news. According to IndieWire
Diggs will star as Layton Well, “a prisoner barely surviving the harsh conditions in the tail end of the train. A quiet thinker who spends his days sniffing the industrial-waste-turned-drug Chronole and tending to his cage full of rats, Layton becomes a reluctant participant in a struggle that could upend life on the train.”
But wait, there’s more! Scott Derrickson, director of last years Doctor Strange has signed on to direct the pilot as well as executive produce alongside the films director Bong Joon-ho and producers Park Chan-wook, Tae-hun Lee, and Dooho Choi. This is pretty all around great news.
It’ll be interesting to see how the rest of the cast shakes out and if it’s a whole new set of characters, especially since Tilda Swinton’s Minister Mason is effectively irreplaceable.
Snowpiercer was my favourite movie of 2014, and with Diggs in the lead and the production team returning I can’t help but be optimistic about this series, whenever it finally comes out.