Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
‘Game Of Thrones’ Will Probably End After Season 8, But HBO Is Open To Prequels & More ‘Game Of Thrones’ Will Probably End After Season 8, But HBO Is Open To Prequels & More The 25 Best Action Movies Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Action Movies Of The 21st Century So Far Relativity Puts 'Jane Got A Gun' And More Up For Sale As They Fight Off Bankruptcy Relativity Puts 'Jane Got A Gun' And More Up For Sale As They Fight Off Bankruptcy Zack Snyder Says Batman Has A "Crisis Of Conscience" In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Plus New Pics Zack Snyder Says Batman Has A "Crisis Of Conscience" In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Plus New Pics Venice 2015 Line-Up: 'Equals' With Kristen Stewart, 'Beasts Of No Nation,' 'The Danish Girl,' More Venice 2015 Line-Up: 'Equals' With Kristen Stewart, 'Beasts Of No Nation,' 'The Danish Girl,' More Watch: 4-Minute Tribute To Lars von Trier's Masterful Film Work Watch: 4-Minute Tribute To Lars von Trier's Masterful Film Work New 'Deadpool' Images, Ryan Reynolds Distances Himself From 'X-Men: Origins' New 'Deadpool' Images, Ryan Reynolds Distances Himself From 'X-Men: Origins' TIFF Images: Emma Watson In 'Colonia,' Brie Larson In 'Room,' Charlie Kaufman's 'Anomalisa' And More TIFF Images: Emma Watson In 'Colonia,' Brie Larson In 'Room,' Charlie Kaufman's 'Anomalisa' And More Richard Linklater Frontrunner To Direct 'The Rosie Project' Starring Jennifer Lawrence Richard Linklater Frontrunner To Direct 'The Rosie Project' Starring Jennifer Lawrence Watch: Blu-Ray Trailer For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Plus 11 New Clips From The Film Watch: Blu-Ray Trailer For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Plus 11 New Clips From The Film The 10 Best And 5 Worst Tom Cruise Performances The 10 Best And 5 Worst Tom Cruise Performances Watch: New Trailer For 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Blu-ray Release Explores Who Killed The World Watch: New Trailer For 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Blu-ray Release Explores Who Killed The World Just For Laughs: 'The Big Lebowski' Live Read With Michael Fassbender & Jennifer Lawrence Just For Laughs: 'The Big Lebowski' Live Read With Michael Fassbender & Jennifer Lawrence All The Songs In 'Paper Towns' Including Bon Iver, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, Bob Dylan, And More All The Songs In 'Paper Towns' Including Bon Iver, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, Bob Dylan, And More "A Living Hell": 'The Revenant' Is Reportedly $35 Million Over Budget, A Producer Exited The Movie, And More "A Living Hell": 'The Revenant' Is Reportedly $35 Million Over Budget, A Producer Exited The Movie, And More The 20 Best Documentaries Of 2015 So Far The 20 Best Documentaries Of 2015 So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far "It Was A Clusterfuck From Day One": 5 Things About Neill Blomkamp's Failed 'Halo' Movie "It Was A Clusterfuck From Day One": 5 Things About Neill Blomkamp's Failed 'Halo' Movie

Chris Evans Has Great Taste, In Talks To Star In Bong Joon-Ho's Sci-Fi 'Snow Piercer'

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist January 13, 2012 at 9:55PM

Even though he's now a bona-fide A-lister thanks to the success of "Captain America: The First Avenger," we're not sure people give Chris Evans enough credit. He's consistently been the best thing in crummy movies from "Fantastic Four" and "The Losers" to "London" and "Puncture," and when he gets the right material, like his raucous cameo in "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" or an impressive dramatic turn in Danny Boyle's "Sunshine," he really flies. Even his contribution to last summer's period superhero film seems to be undervalued; the film only half works, but that it works at all is in large part down to Evans' note-perfect performance in a difficult, near-saintly role.
2
Chris Evans Snow Piercer

Even though he's now a bona-fide A-lister thanks to the success of "Captain America: The First Avenger," we're not sure people give Chris Evans enough credit. He's consistently been the best thing in crummy movies from "Fantastic Four" and "The Losers" to "London" and "Puncture," and when he gets the right material, like his raucous cameo in "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" or an impressive dramatic turn in Danny Boyle's "Sunshine," he really flies. Even his contribution to last summer's period superhero film seems to be undervalued; the film only half works, but that it works at all is in large part down to Evans' note-perfect performance in a difficult, near-saintly role.

He's going to get another chance in a few short months to reprise that part, in what Joss Whedon essentially describes as the lead in superhero mash-up "The Avengers," but the actor's using his downtime between Marvel movies to choose some interesting little projects; he's currently filming mob tale "The Ice Man," having stepped in for James Franco, and now he has lined up his next project -- a film that might be this writer's single most anticipated film of the next few years. 

According to Variety, Evans is in negotiations to star in "Snow Piercer," the sci-fi film that will mark the English-language debut of acclaimed Korean helmer Bong Joon-Ho. The director, one of our favorite working filmmakers, came to fame thanks to true-crime tale "Memories of Murder" (like "Zodiac," but better. And that's no slight on "Zodiac"), before wowing international audiences with socio-political monster movie "The Host," and the tone-leaping Hitchcockian morality melodrama "Mother" -- his films have, to date, been thrilling, funny, beautifully made, and entirely surprising, and we're expecting nothing less from this.

"Snow Piercer," set in a post-apocalyptic winter world, takes place on board a train full of survivors, divided by class, battling to stay alive, and is based on the French graphic novel "Le Transperceneige," created by Jacques Lob. And Joon-Ho isn't the only beloved Korean director involved, as he co-wrote the script with Park Chan-Wook, the director of "Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance" and "Oldboy," who's just himself made his first Western film in "Stoker," with Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska, which will land later in the year.

Evans joins Joon-Ho favorite Song Kang-Ho ("Memories of Murder"), who was already cast in the film, as a character compared to Han Solo. The cast is expected to have an international flavor, with a number of Western actors believed to be interested in the project, which has a $35 million budget.

Kudos to Evans for signing on to this one; we can't say we've been enamored of all his choices, but working with Joon-Ho seems like a no-brainer, and we can't wait to see how it turns out. Filming gets underway in March, so we should hear some more casting before too long, and hopefully the film will arrive by Cannes 2013, although we're crossing our fingers dangerously hard that it'll be along before then.

This article is related to: Chris Evans, Bong Joon-Ho, Kang-ho Song, Snowpiercer


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates