The Snowman may have just landed one of the hottest actors in Hollywood in Michael Fassbender. New reports have the X-Men: Apocalypse star in talks to join the Tomas Aflredson-directed adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s Norwegian crime novel. The thriller is the seventh in Nesbø’s book series that centers on Detective Harry Hole (not a typo), described as brilliant, driven, and unorthodox, serving as a classic “loose cannon” cop character. The Snowman finds Hole investigating the disappearance of a young boy’s mother. The only trace left behind is her pink Christmas scarf found tied around a snowman that appears in the front yard. The more he digs into the case, the more Hole becomes convinced that he’s tracking Norway’s first serial killer.
News of Fassbender being in talks for The Snowman comes courtesy of THR. While the report didn’t confirm that Fassbender is vying for the Harry Hole role, it would certainly make the most sense. (He would make for a very expensive snowman.) We’ve seen Fassbender as an android, a Basterd, a megalomaniacal mutant, a Spartan, and a member of Easy Company, to name but a few, but I don’t think we’ve gotten a chance to see him put on his best detective hat just yet. That’s a hat I’d certainly like to see.
This project has been in the works since at least 2010 when Working Title Films announced their plans to adapt the story. It picked up some steam in 2011 when it looked like Martin Scorsese was going to make it his next picture. Though he committed to directing it in late 2011, we learned just last year that Alfredson would step in to direct The Snowman while Scorsese would stay on as Executive Producer.
As for Fassbender, he’s pretty busy for the next couple of years, with Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse, and Justin Kurzel’s video game adaptation Assassin’s Creed as but a few of the titles on his slate. While I’d love to see Fassbender star in a Norwegian crime thriller from the director of Let the Right One In and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, time will tell if his schedule allows it.
Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf.
Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother—and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn in an increasingly terrifying game whose rules are devised—and constantly revised—by the killer. [Amazon]