Bon Joon-ho, the South Korean director behind the sci-fi film The Host, releases his English-language debut this year. Snowpiercer, based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige and is produced by Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, Thirst, Stoker). Starring Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Jamie Bell, Ewen Bremner, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton and Ed Harris, the film is about an experiment to stop global warming which has gone wrong and has caused an ice age that killed nearly all life on Earth. The only survivors are the inhabitants of the ‘Snowpiercer’, a massive train that travels around the planet. Western distribution rights have been secured by The Weinstein Company – the studio famed for their Oscar winners.
You might wonder Why Alternative Barnsley is talking about a South Korean film.
This week it was announced that Barnsley composer Chris Haigh has had his track ‘End of Days’ was featured in the trailer campaign for Snowpiercer. Chris composes music for international movie and TV trailer campaigns, and has previously featured in campaigns for Pacific Rim, Taken 2, Arrow, American Horror Story, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Wolverine, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and many more.
We interviewed him last year about his career, which you can read here.
We can also announce that Barnsley bord actor, Kenny Doughty, also has a starring role in the eagerly awaited film. Kenny is currently starring as Gaz in the new stage production of The Full Monty, which is showing at the Noel Coward Theatre, London. He has had TV roles in Stella, Coronation Street, Funland, Second Coming and Wire in the Blood, and has also starred in the movies Elizabeth, alongside Cate Blanchett and the Kenneth Williams biopic, Fantabulosa.
This new role will be the actor’s biggest in a number of years.
Alternative Barnsley sends our congratulations to both Chris and Kenny.