Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s English directorial debut is about to get some boost from Oscar. Likely Best Supporting Actress winner Octavia Spencer has signed on for sci-fi thriller “Snow Piercer”, according to THR.
Bong also wrote the script and Park Chan-wook, equally acclaimed Korean director who also recently made his English directorial debut on Nicole Kidman-Mia Wasikowska starrer “Stoker”, will produce. Spencer, along with Chris Evans, Jamie Bell and Tilda Swinton, among others, will play passengers on a full train barreling down unknown tracks in a world that is covered in ice. Class differences, nationalities and more collide as passengers struggle to co-exist. Korean actor Song Kang-Ho is already on board, and more international actors are expected to jump on board as well.
Spencer, who has been toiling in supporting roles since 1996, landed the role of a lifetime when longtime friend Tate Taylor cast her as scene-stealing maid Minny Jackson in “The Help”, a character that, as it turns out, was partly inspired by Spencer herself, after Taylor introduced her to author Kathryn Stockett, who he grew up with in Mississippi. The role has already won her plenty of accolades but the biggest is expected to come on the night of February 26th. Spencer also has a supporting role in Sundance premiere “Smashed” with Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul, and is set to star with Julianne Hough and Russell Brand in Diablo Cody’s directorial debut (formerly titled “Lamb of God”).