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Hollywood A-lister Michael Fassbender is in talks to star in the film adaptation of bestselling Norwegian author Jo Nesbø’s crime novel The Snowmen.

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Published reports state that Oscar® nominee Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave, Shame, Prometheus, Frank) is in talks to star as Detective Harry Hole in the film adaptation of Nordic noir crime thriller The Snowman by Jo Nesbø.

Swedish director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) is attached to direct the film from a script by Danish screenwriter Soren Sveistrup (The Killing), with Tim Bevan (Legend, The Theory of Everything) and Eric Fellner (The Danish Girl, Les Misérables) of Working Title producing alongside Swede Piodor Gustafsson (God Willing, Pettson & Findus series).

Executive producing are Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street, Hugo), Nesbo (Occupied, I Am Victor), Nesbø’s rep Niclas Salomonsson (Modus, Backstrom), and Working Title’s Liza Chasin (Anna Karenina, Frost/Nixon) and Amelia Granger (The World’s End, Atonement).

The Snowman is a Universal and Working Title film, produced in association with Alfredson’s Another Park Film.

The Snowman by Jo NesbøFirst published in Norway in 2007, with its English translation in 2010, The Snowman (Snømannen) is the seventh of Nesbø’s ten “Harry Hole” crime novels to date, and the winner of the Best Novel of the Year Award from the Norwegian Booksellers in 2007 and the Norwegian Book Club in 2008.

The film centers on the brilliant and unorthodox Norwegian detective Harry Hole’s investigation into the disappearance of a young boy’s mother, whose pink scarf is found wrapped around “an ominous-looking” snowman. As Harry digs deeper and discovers other recent murders of women around Oslo, he realizes he could be searching for Norway’s first official serial killer.

The Snowman marks Jo Nesbø’s fourth feature film and third film adaptation (the other two being Headhunters and Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder, both based on novels of the same name).

Should Fassbender sign on for The Snowman, his already busy schedule will get even busier, as he is currently filming the adaptation of the videogame Assassin’s Creed (slated for a 2016 release) and prepping for Prometheus 2 (2017). Fassbender’s return as Erik Lensherr/Magneto in X-Men: Apocalypse is due next year.

Fassbender recently received rave reviews for his performances as Steve Jobs in the biopic Steve Jobs, which premiered at the Telluride Film Festival, and as Macbeth in the adaptation of Shakespeare’s play, The Tragedy of Macbeth, which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and is set to open on 2 October 2015 in the UK and 4 December 2015 in the US.

Sources: THR, Variety

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Film Adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s ‘The Snowman’ Could Star Michael Fassbender
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