May 17 (UPI) -- Tony Award-winning Hamilton star Daveed Diggs has landed the lead in TNT's drama pilot Snowpiercer.
Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson is helming the first hour and will serve as an executive producer on the series.
"Snowpiercer is a futuristic thriller set seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, and the remnants of humanity inhabit a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival are questioned in this riveting television adaptation," the cable network said in a press release. "Diggs will star as Layton Well, a prisoner barely surviving the harsh conditions in the tail end of the train. A quiet thinker who spends his days sniffing the industrial-waste-turned-drug Chronole and tending to his cage full of rats, Layton becomes a reluctant participant in a struggle that could upend life on the train."
The show is inspired by the 2013 film by Bong Joon Ho. Ho is an executive producer on the program, along with writer-showrunner Josh Friedman.