Sean Bean joins cast as the elusive Mr. Wilford in Snowpiercer S2 trailer

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Sean Bean joins the cast as the mysterious Mr. Wilford to Snowpiercerthe second season, broadcast on January 25 on TNT.

Is there a series that is not improved by the addition of Sean Bean (aka Ned Stark in the first season of The iron Throne)? TNT clearly doesn’t think so, bringing Bean on board for the second season of Snowpiercer, the television reboot of the critically-acclaimed 2013 film by Oscar-winning director Bong Joon-ho (Parasite). Bean will play visionary billionaire Mr. Wilford, who invented an Eternal Engine that now drives a massive train full of survivors all over the world after an apocalyptic event known as Freeze.

(Spoilers for S1 below.)

As we previously reported, Bong’s film itself was an adaptation of a 1982 French graphic novel. The Transperceneige, about remnants of humanity trying to survive an ice age in a 1,001 car train. The train is run by a reclusive transport mogul named Mr Wilford, who has separated passengers by class and has a nefarious plan to ensure life on the train remains sustainable.

The TNT series takes place seven years after the climatic catastrophe that produced the Ice Age. Daveed Diggs (Hamilton, blind spots) plays André Layton, a prisoner at the back of the train who finds himself caught up in a revolutionary struggle against the social hierarchy imposed on board Snowpiercer.

Jennifer Connelly (Alita: the angel of battle) shares the limelight as First Class Passenger Melanie Cavill, who is the voice of the train, responsible for daily public announcements and for the smooth running of the train (both mechanically and socially). The large ensemble cast of the show also includes Alison Wright (The Americans, Castle Rock) like Ruth Wardell, who works in the hospitality industry and is devoted to Mr. Wilford (to the point of obsession), as well as Mickey Sumner (The Borgias, and daughter of musician Sting) as brakeman Bess Till, whose transition to second class in S1 to be with her romantic partner was threatened when she began to question the status quo of the train.

While Bong Joon-ho’s film is a heavyweight of almost unbroken action, the TV adaptation takes a more leisurely approach, fleshing out the details of life on the train. And S1 introduced a mystery on board: Layton was called in to investigate a brutal murder – as an apocalyptic version of Murder on the Orient Express. As I noted in my S1 review, “It’s one of those slow-burning shows that takes a while to build, which might put viewers’ patience to the test. But that patience pays off when everything shifts into high gear for the final episodes, ending on one final cliffhanger twist. ”

About this cliffhanger: Melanie finally confessed to Ruth that Mr Wilford had never been on board and that she had abandoned him to die at the embarkation site, convinced that the passengers had a better chance of surviving without him. In the penultimate episode, Layton and his revolutionary “Tailies” finally managed to take control of Snowpiercer– albeit at a price, since Layton was forced to disconnect seven cars and send all the people in them to their inevitable deaths. Melanie told her that these were the kind of tough choices she had to live with since the train began its endless journey.

Layton has taken the lead, with plans to bring a democratic style of government on board. But as the train approached Chicago, a mysterious signal was detected – from a supply train called Big Alice. Melanie feared Wilford was on board. Thinking the Supply Train had things they could use, Engineer Bennett (Iddo Goldberg) slowed down Snowpiercer and Great Alice tight, stopping the train. A young girl emerged: Alexandra (Rowan Blanchard) – the deaka girl Melanie, whom Melanie believed was dead – demanding that everyone on board come to… Mr. Wilford (Sean Bean). And, scene,

The official S2 synopsis is short and sweet: “Mr. Wilford looks back on Snowpiercer and brings chaos and corruption to the freedom that has just been won. “The trailer opens by briefly reminding us of where we left off, with Mr. Wilford taking over. Sean Bean is clearly having a great time hammering him as the flamboyant new chef with a gleefully sadistic side, but it’s clear that after fighting so hard to get back on the train, Layton and the Tailies aren’t going to passively submit. to the new regime. And Melanie has some issues to work out with the girl she thought had died for the past seven years, who understandably might have abandonment issues.

Judging by this trailer, the production values ​​remain top notch, and now that all of that mandatory world-building from season one is gone, I can’t wait to see the series really find its place.

Snowpiercer S2 debuts on TNT on January 25, 2021.

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