South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s English-language debut, the post-apocalyptic Snowpiercer, is easily one of my most anticipated movies of the next year, up there with Mad Max: Fury Road and Pacific Rim. It’s a combination of a great cast, a cool sci-fi story, and a fantastic filmmaker who has churned out a string of hits, including Mother and The Host. While we don’t have a concrete release date yet, you can’t help but feel it inching closer and closer. We’re seeing new promotional material on the regular, so we can’t be too far from hearing some news on the matter. Until then, we’ll just have to satiate ourselves with we get, like these eight new character posters.
Based on a French graphic novel, Snowpiercer is set in a future where attempts to reverse global warming have backfired and kicked off a new ice age. Most of the world’s population is dead, but a few stalwart survivors remain, living on a train powered by a perpetual motion engine, endlessly circling the frozen wastes. Inside the tight metal confines, a strict caste system develops, and revolution brews between the haves and have nots.
In these images you can clearly see the grubby faces of the lower class: dirty, haggard, dressed in filthy rags. It isn’t hard to picture rebellion festering in such an environment. In this scenario we get looks at key players like Chris Evans, Ewen Bremner, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt, Ko Asung, and Song Kang-ho. Representing the upper class, you have Tilda Swinton, clad in furs, looking weird as hell, though not nearly as weird as that picture where she’s wearing a shoe on her head. (Fashion takes a strange turn in the world of Snowpiercer.)
Considering that Swinton is the only member of the ruling elite we’ve had much of a look at, it’s a safe bet that the majority of the story focuses on the problems and lives of the lower caste. At least, that’s what the images and footage we’ve seen thus far leads you to believe.