Sci-fi Snow Piercer is on track

Posted by Starr Keshet

Ewen Bremner of Trainspotting fame has joined the cast of the indie sci-fi thriller Snow Piercer.

Directed and co-scripted by Bong Joon-Ho, Snow Piercer is based on Kelly Masterson’s adaption of a 1970s French graphic novel dubbed Le Transperceneige which was penned by Jacques Lob.

Sci-fi Snow Piercer is on track
The movie takes place in a dystopian future where a failed experiment to stop global warming kills off most of the planet’s inhabitants during a protracted Ice Age - except for those traveling in the Snow Piercer.

The Snow Piercer is an enigmatic train of sorts powered by an a perpetual-motion engine that travels around the globe.

Yet all is not well on the speeding Snow Piercer, as a de-facto class system has evolved on the troubled train, with revolution seemingly imminent.

According to Variety, Bremner will play "a father who joins forces with [another] character to save his kidnapped son."

The actor - who also appeared in Jack the Giant Killer - will star alongside Octavia Spencer, Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton and Kang Ho Song (The Host).

How faithful the screenplay will remain to the original graphic novel remains unclear, but Bong Joon-Ho had this to say back in 2008:

"Le Transperceneige is going to be much more spectacular with all the trains and frozen scenery... But the spectacle is not what I really want to show... [Rather], the mood and sentiment you can feel inside the train, the desperateness [between classes]. The exterior should be only groundwork to show all that."

Filming of Snow Piercer is expected to kick off soon, and could hit theaters sometime during 2013, with Park Chan-wook (Oldboy) producing.