There are a lot of great films lined up for 2012 – including Christopher Nolan’s Batman swansong, The Dark Knight Rises and Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, but one of the films were most eagerly anticipating is Bong Joon-Ho’s English language debut, Snow Piercer.
The Korean filmmaker – who gave us Memories of Murder, Mother, and The Host – is lining up an all-star cast for his first American production, including Tilda Swinton, Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, and his regular leading man, Song Kang-Ho.
The film, which is an adaptation of a French graphic novel entitled La Transperceneige, is about a group of people in a post-apocalyptic world who live on a train headed for nowhere. The residents are divided by class. Sounds pretty intriguing.
The cast has just added another big name according to a tipster for IndieWire. Sources say veteran actor John Hurt has joined the team in an undisclosed role. John Hurt and Tilda Swinton in the same film? That’s some pretty excellent casting.
The screenplay adaptation was originally penned by Bong and Oldboy director Park Chan Wook, but Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead scribe Kelly Masterson has been hired to do a rewrite.
As for Hurt, he’s excited to be involved with the project, saying “All the film crew refer to him, with great reverence, as 'Director Bong.' I love the fact that I am working for Director Bong." We do too, Mr. Hurt. We do too.