Chris Evans's 'Snowpiercer' Sci-Fi Epic Gets a Wild Red Band Trailer — VIDEO
After catching Chris Evans in Captain America: Winter Soldier , fans eager for the next Avengers installment might be able to slake their excitement by watching their favorite hero navigate another icy situation — which is just what they'll get in Snowpiercer , the first English language film from Korean legend Bong Joon-ho, set to hit select U.S. theaters on June 27. Based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, the film tells the story of a post-apocalyptic ice age, in which all of the world's surviving inhabitants are confined to a transcontinental train that runs non-stop. Classism plays out rather literally on board, with the wealthy inhabiting the frontmost cars by the train's engine and the poor confined to a packed, grimy steerage in back — until the oppressed decide to take a stand. Evans plays one such revolutionary passenger, alongside a high-caliber cast, including Ed Harris, John Hurt, Octavia Spencer, Alison Pill, Luke Pasqualino, Ewen Bremmer, and the ever-excellent Tilda Swinton (whose rich, thickly accented monologue dominates the trailer, below).
Of course, film forum scourers and Bong Joon-ho fans know well that this film has already been competed for the better part of a year — it premiered in August 2013 and showed at the Berlin Film Festival — but the Weinstein Company, who hold the rights to its U.S. distribution, have been holding it back. Reportedly, infamous movie mogul Harvey Weinstein thought that Snowpiercer was too complex to "be understood by audiences in Iowa ... and Oklahoma" and attempted to cut out 20 minutes — to which the director understandably objected, and the film's release was held in deadlock. Now, however, Weinstein appears to have ceded, allowing the film to enter theaters as a "Director's Cut," all of its original nuance intact.
So, in preparation for Snowpiercer's now-storied debut, watch the exciting red band trailer below — though, according to First Showing 's Alex Billington, who saw (and loved) the film at the Berlinale, these violent few minutes do contain spoilers. Still, we have almost a month to forget the details; it's worth it, I say, for a peek at the lush visuals and dystopian eeriness, interspersed with some killer action. Consider my calendar marked.