Bong Joon-ho’s (The Host) upcoming English-language debut, Snowpiercer, promises to be one of the coolest films of the year, sci-fi or otherwise. Nine new character posters gives you a look at the key players, their faces ravaged in various ways by their post-apocalyptic predicament.
Based on a French graphic novel called La Transperceneige, Snowpiercer is set in a world where experiments designed to reverse global warming have kicked off a new ice age. The only surviving members of the human race live in a train, powered by a perpetual motion engine, that endlessly circles the wasteland.
Within the tight confines, a rigid caste system has developed among the passengers. They’re divided into a wealthy class, and those who dwell in filth and poverty. Such stratification isn’t exactly going to lead to harmonious living conditions, and rebellion brews in the underbelly of the train.
Story wise, Snowpiercer has a ton of potential. Throw a bunch of people—any people, not just the last remnants of humanity—into a confined space that they can’t leave, make resources scarce, stir, and you have instant tension. Up the stakes even more by linking their individual survival to that of the species and you’ve really got something.
Looking at these pictures, you can see the trial faced by the survivors written on the faces of the characters. Chris Evans looks grim and grizzled, Ewen Bremner looks broken in a mental sense, and John Hurt is more crease than face. Even Tilda Swinton, who is obviously a member of the upper class, has not escaped unscathed.
Though there’s no official release date yet, the Weinstein Company is expected to drop Snowpiercer later this year. The all-star cast also includes Song Kangho, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Alison Pill, and Ed Harris.