'Snowpiercer': The Class Struggle Is a Cold War in Official Trailer (Video)

All aboard the ice age apocalypse

After years of delays, TNT’s TV series adaptation of “Snowpiercer” is finally premiering later this month, and ahead of the show’s launch comes the official trailer which demonstrates beyond any doubt that yes, it’s definitely a TV series version of the acclaimed film directed by Bong Joon Ho.

Not that we’re complaining. Based on Bong’s 2014 film adaptation of the critically acclaimed graphic novel series “Le Transperceneige” by Jean-Marc Rochette, “Snowpiercer” is set more than seven years after an effort to reverse global warming went horribly wrong and plunged the earth into a brutal ice age. The show centers on the last surviving humans, who live on a perpetually moving train that circles the globe in order to stay within the relatively warmer daytime band. Inside the train, the population is divided into a brutal class system in which the wealthy and privileged enjoy luxurious bounty in the front cars, while the poorest are forced to live in squalor and slavery in the back.

In the trailer, you can see that just as in the film, the system is going to reach a breaking point in the form of a long overdue uprising by the train’s lower classes. In other words, very much like the film — though no word on whether or not the rebel leader played by Daveed Diggs also knows what it’s like to eat babies.

The show also stars Jennifer Connelly as a high ranking member of the train’s wealthy overlords, along with Alison Wright, Mickey Sumner, Susan Park, Iddo Goldberg, Katie McGuinness, Lena Hall, Annalise Basso, Sam Otto, Roberto Urbina, Sheila Vand and Jaylin Fletcher. It premieres May 17 on TNT.

“Snowpiercer” was first announced for development at TNT in 2015 with Josh Friedman as showrunner, but Friedman was fired in 2018 over “creative differences” and replaced by Graeme Manson, co-creator of “Orphan Black.” The show was then given a complete overhaul and shuffled around Turner’s networks before settling firmly at TNT. It’s already been renewed for a second season.

“Snowpiercer” is produced by Tomorrow Studios (a joint venture between Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios), along with CJ Entertainment, who produced the original film. Manson, Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements, director James Hawes, Matthew O’Connor, Scott Derrickson, and the original film’s producers Bong, Miky Lee, Tae-sung Jeong, Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun and Dooho Choi all serve as executive producers.

Spring TV 2020: Premiere Dates for New and Returning Shows (Photos)

  • Spring has been sprung for quite a while now and with the changing of the seasons came the changing of many channels as a slew of new shows began to premiere. In honor of the months that bring showers and flowers, TheWrap has rounded up the start dates for not just the new and returning shows on Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS and The CW, but also the ones for the eagerly-anticipated series hitting cable channels and streaming services this spring. Click through our gallery to find out when your favorite spring shows will be back and when your (possible) new favorites will debut.

    Showtime/Netflix/ABC/Apple

  • Series:  “Celebrity Watch Party”   Net: Fox   Premiere Date: Thursday, May 7   Time: 8 p.m.

    Fox

  • Series:  “The Eddy”   Net: Netflix  Premiere Date: Friday, May 8  Time: N/A

    Netflix

  • Series:  “Solar Opposites”   Net: Hulu   Premiere Date: Friday, May 8    Time: N/A

    Hulu

  • Series:  “Dead to Me”   Net: Netflix  Premiere Date: Friday, May 8  Time: N/A

    Netflix

  • Series:  “I Know This Much Is True”   Net: HBO  Premiere Date: Sunday, May 10  Time: 9 p.m.

    HBO

  • Series:  “The Misery Index”   Net: TBS   Premiere Date: Thursday, May 14   Time: 10:30 p.m.

    TBS

  • Series:  “The Great”   Net: Hulu  Premiere Date: Friday, May 15   Time: N/A

    Hulu

  • Series:  “She-Ra and the Princess of Power”   Net: Netflix   Premiere Date: Friday, May 15   Time: N/A

    Netflix

  • Series:  “Bering Sea Gold”  Net: Discovery Premiere Date:  Friday, May 15 Time: 8 p.m.

    Discovery

  • Series:  “Hightown”   Net: Starz   Premiere Date: Sunday, May 17   Time: 8 p.m.

    Starz

  • Series:  “Snowpiercer”   Net: TNT   Premiere Date: Sunday, May 17   Time: 9 p.m.

    TNT

  • Series:  “The Big Flower Fight”   Net: Netflix   Premiere Date: Monday, May 18  Time: N/A

    Netflix

  • Series:  “Stargirl”   Net: DC Universe   Premiere Date: Monday, May 18   Time: N/A

    DC Universe

  • Series:  “The 100”   Net: The CW   Premiere Date: Wednesday, May 20    Time: 8 p.m.

    The CW

  • Series:  “Married at First Sight: Couples Cam”   Net: Lifetime  Premiere Date: Wednesday, May 20  Time: 8 p.m.

    Lifetime

  • Series:  “Ultimate Tag”   Net: Fox  Premiere Date: Wednesday, May 20  Time: 9 p.m.

    Fox

  • Series:  “Burden of Truth”   Net: The CW  Premiere Date: Thursday, May 21  Time: 8 p.m.

    The CW

  • Series:  “Labor of Love”   Net: Fox   Premiere Date: Thursday, May 21  Time: 9 p.m.

    Fox

  • Series:  “Holey Moley”   Net: ABC  Premiere Date: Thursday, May 21  Time: 9 p.m.

    ABC

  • Series:  “To Tell the Truth”   Net: ABC  Premiere Date: Thursday, May 21  Time: 10 p.m.

    ABC

  • Series:  “Homecoming”   Net: Amazon Prime Video  Premiere Date: Friday, May 22  Time: N/A

    Amazon Prime Video

  • Series:  “Naked & Afraid XL”   Net: Discovery  Premiere Date: Sunday, May 24  Time: 8 p.m.

    Discovery

  • Series:  “The Titan Games”   Net: NBC   Premiere Date: Monday, May 25   Time: 8 p.m.

    NBC

  • Series:  “America’s Got Talent”   Net: NBC   Premiere Date: Tuesday, May 26   Time: 8 p.m.

    NBC

  • Series:  “World of Dance”   Net: NBC   Premiere Date: Tuesday, May 26   Time: 10 p.m.

    NBC

  • Series:  “Craftopia”   Net: HBO Max   Premiere Date: Wednesday, May 27   Time: N/A

    HBO Max

  • Series:  “Legendary”   Net: HBO Max   Premiere Date: Wednesday, May 27   Time: N/A

    HBO Max

  • Series:  “Looney Tunes Cartoons”   Net: HBO Max   Premiere Date: Wednesday, May 27   Time: N/A

    HBO Max

  • Series:  “The Not Too Late Show With Elmo”   Net: HBO Max   Premiere Date: Wednesday, May 27   Time: N/A

    HBO Max

  • Series:  “Love Life”   Net: HBO Max   Premiere Date: Wednesday, May 27   Time: N/A

    HBO Max

  • Series:  “Game On!”   Net: CBS  Premiere Date: Wednesday, May 27   Time: 8 p.m.

    CBS

  • Series:  “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD”   Net: ABC   Premiere Date: Wednesday, May 27  Time: 10 p.m.

    ABC

  • Series:  “Central Park”   Net: Apple TV+   Premiere Date: Friday, May 29    Time: N/A

    Apple TV+

  • Series:  “Space Force”   Net: Netflix  Premiere Date: Friday, May 29  Time: N/A

    Netflix

  • Series:  “Ramy”   Net: Hulu   Premiere Date: Friday, May 29    Time: N/A

    Hulu

  • Series:  “Celebrity Family Feud”   Net: ABC  Premiere Date: Sunday, May 31  Time: 8 p.m.

    ABC

  • Series:  “Press Your Luck”   Net: ABC  Premiere Date: Sunday, May 31  Time: 9 p.m.

    ABC

  • Series:  “Match Game”   Net: ABC  Premiere Date: Sunday, May 31  Time: 10 p.m.

    ABC

  • Series:  “Quiz”   Net: AMC   Premiere Date: Sunday, May 31    Time: 10 p.m.

    AMC

  • Series:  “90 Day Fiance: The Other Way”   Net: TLC   Premiere Date: Monday, June 1   Time: 9 p.m.

    TLC

  • Series:  “NOS4A2”   Net: AMC/BBC America   Premiere Date: Monday, June 1   Time: 10 p.m.

    AMC/BBC America

  • Series:  “Fuller House”   Net: Netflix   Premiere Date: Tuesday, June 2   Time: N/A

    Netflix

  • Series:  “The Bachelor: The Most Unforgettable – Ever!”   Net: ABC   Premiere Date: Tuesday, June 2   Time: 8 p.m.

    ABC

  • Series:  “Dirty John”   Net: USA Network   Premiere Date:  Tuesday, June 2   Time: 9 p.m.

    USA Network

  • Series:  “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars”   Net: Showtime   Premiere Date: Friday, June 5    Time: 8 p.m.

    Showtime

  • Series:  “L.A.’s Finest”   Net: Spectrum  Premiere Date: Monday, June 8   Time: N/A

    Spectrum

  • Series:  “Don’t”   Net: ABC   Premiere Date: Thursday, June 11  Time: 9 p.m.

    ABC

  • Series:  “Pokemon Journeys The Series”   Net: Netflix  Premiere Date: Friday, June 12   Time: N/A

    Netflix

  • Series:  “Love, Victor”   Net: Hulu  Premiere Date: Friday, June 19  Time: N/A

    Hulu

  • Series:  “Taste the Nation With Padma Lakshmi”   Net: Hulu   Premiere Date: Friday, June 19   Time: N/A

    Getty

Here’s when 50 broadcast, cable and streaming series debut and come back

Spring has been sprung for quite a while now and with the changing of the seasons came the changing of many channels as a slew of new shows began to premiere. In honor of the months that bring showers and flowers, TheWrap has rounded up the start dates for not just the new and returning shows on Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS and The CW, but also the ones for the eagerly-anticipated series hitting cable channels and streaming services this spring. Click through our gallery to find out when your favorite spring shows will be back and when your (possible) new favorites will debut.

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