Closer Look: 'Snowpiercer' Team on the Show's "Prescient" Portrayal of Class and Justice

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Stars Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs and showrunner Graeme Manson break down the conflicts at the heart of the TNT series and its parallels to the real world in this episode of Closer Look.
Snowpiercer has taken a long and winding track to becoming a hit for TNT in its first season. The sci-fi drama based on Bong Joon Ho’s 2013 movie (itself based on a series of graphic novels) about the last remnants of humanity living aboard a constantly moving train on a frozen Earth, first went into development in late 2015. After changing showrunners (and networks, briefly) it premiered May 17 to strong ratings — and became eerily relevant in a world where protests for racial and economic justice have become widespread.

“Those are the things I see playing out more in the front of the show now than we knew they would be when we were shooting the show,” said Daveed Diggs, who plays former detective Andre Layton. He’s called forward from the squalid tail section of Snowpiercer to investigate a murder — and at the same time is gathering intel for a revolution among the train’s lower classes. Diggs, fellow star Jennifer Connelly and showrunner Graeme Manson spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the two lead characters’ opposing visions of society aboard the train, a mystery at the heart of the show and where the story will go into the second season. (The interview contains some spoilers for the first half of the season.)


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