Chris Evans Cast in Bong Joon-ho's Post-Apoc Film 'Snow Piercer'
Some surprisingly random, but exciting casting news. Variety reports that Chris Evans is in negotiations to star in the post-apocalyptic sci-fi film Snow Piercer, being directed by Bong Joon-ho (of Memories of Murder, The Host, Mother), which takes place entirely on a train in a snow covered future. Remember this project? We've been reporting on it for years, as Bong Joon-ho is one of those Korean directors I love. Even better yet, Variety says he co-wrote this, adapted from a French graphic novel called Transperceneige, with another prominent Korean filmmaker, Park Chan-wook. And now they've cast Chris Evans in it? Awesome.
Joon-ho originally described Snow Piercer as a post-apocalyptic movie about a few survivors who end up on a train together. It's set after the "apocalypse" and the whole world is covered by ice and snow, "some kind of new ice age." The train includes many survivors from all over the world and is divided up by economic classes, so people are fighting each other over that class struggle. It doesn't say what role Evans will play, but they do mention that this project "is already drawing the attention of handful of top-tier Hollywood talent." That means expect more big names besides Chris Evans to pop up soon. Joon-ho has been working on this for a while, we briefly talked about it in my interview in early 2010. I wonder who else he's lining up.
Evans has been starring in a few indies in addition to playing Captain America and Lucas Lee and Jensen, including Puncture and The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond. He's also shooting The Iceman directed by Ariel Vromen. We'll keep you updated on more Snow Piercer news as it continues to develop. I'm excited this is actually starting to cast, its been something I've been waiting for for years. I love sci-fi, post-apocalyptic concepts like this and can't wait to see Bong Joon-ho, one of my favorites directors, tackle this kind of story.