Joon-ho Bong’s ‘Snow Piercer’ Adds Tilda Swinton and John Hurt

Tilda Swinton and John Hurt

South Korean director Joon-ho Bong is set to make his English language directorial debut with a train thriller set in an ice covered world called Snow Piercer. Normally if you told me there was a movie about train travel on an ice covered world called Snow Piercer, I would assume that we were talking about a Syfy channel original with a B-list cast and some hilarious attempts at digital effects; but that’s certainly not the case here. Joon-ho is pretty much the man when it comes to moviemaking skills, so despite its outlandish premise, Snow Piercer is very rapidly amassing an impressive cast. I mean, duh, Hollywood actors have probably been lining up around the block to audition once it was announced they could work with this guy.

Less than a week ago it was reported that Captain America star Chris Evans had signed on to star in the film, and already there are more impressive names on board to help bring this one to life. Soon after Evans was announced, Variety reported that he was to be joined by upcoming young actor Jamie Bell (Jane Eyre) and veteran actress Tilda Swinton (you know who she is, dammit!). And now news has broke that a true living legend in the film world, John Hurt, is set to join the cast as well.

When talking to The Telegraph, Hurt said of working with Joon-ho, “All the film crew refer to him, with great reverence, as ‘Director Bong’. I love the fact that I am working for Director Bong.” Watching him show up in prominent roles in Melancholia and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy last year made me remember how much I like seeing Hurt in films, so I’m happy that he’s working with Director Bong as well. Snow Piercer is starting to sound like one perilous train ride I can’t wait to take.

Source: The Playlist

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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