3:00am PT by Kate Stanhope
'Hamilton's' Daveed Diggs to Star in TNT's 'Snowpiercer' Remake
Daveed Diggs has found his next onscreen role.
The Hamilton breakout and Tony winner has signed onto star in TNT's series adaptation of Snowpiercer, it was announced Wednesday as part of Turner's Upfront presentation.
Additionally, Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson has been tapped to helm the pilot.
Based on the 2013 film starring Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton, Snowpiercer is described as a futuristic thriller set seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, and the remnants of humanity inhabit a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival are questioned in this riveting television adaptation.
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.
Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) penned the pilot and would serve as showrunner if the drama is picked up to series. He will exec produce with Tomorrow Studios' Marty Adelstein (Aquarius, Prison Break) and Becky Clements (Good Behavior, Aquarius); and the original film's exec producers Bong Joon Ho, Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun and Dooho Choi, along with CJ Entertainment.
This marks the latest collaboration between Turner's Studio T and Tomorrow Studios, which optioned the rights to the film in November 2015. They also co-produce Good Behavior, which returns later this year for season two.
This is the latest TV gig for Diggs, whose ABC comedy pilot The Mayor was picked up to series days ago. Although Diggs will not appear in an onscreen role in the series (yet), he will pen original music for the single-camera half-hour, which centers on a up-and-coming rapper who becomes mayor of his town in a bid for free publicity.
Diggs' other onscreen roles including a recurring role on Black-ish and Netflix's The Get Down. He is the latest in a long line of Hamilton stars to turn to TV. Renee Elise Goldsberry next headlines Netflix's sci-fi drama Altered Carbon and Christopher Jackson is a series regular on CBS' Bull.
Derrickson is coming fresh off the critical and commercial success of Marvel's Doctor Strange, which earned more than $230 million domestically at the box office since its November 2016 release. His other credits include The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister and Deliver Us From Evil.