Michael Fassbender May Take Lead in The Snowman

Posted by at 9:53 am on September 9, 2015

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Planned for Martin Scorsese to helm back in 2011, the big screen adaptation of Jo Nesbo‘s best-seller The Snowman found a new helmer last year in Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). Now, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the project appears to have found a lead in Academy Award nominee Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Shame).

The seventh entry in Nesbo’s “Harry Hole” series, The Snowman is officially described as follows:

It is November in Oslo and the first snow of the year has fallen. Birte Becker comes home from work and praises the snowman her husband and son have made in the garden. But they haven’t made a snowman. As the family stand by the sitting room window looking out in amazement at the snowman, the son notices that it is facing the house. The black eyes are staring at the window. At them.

Detective Inspector Harry Hole receives an anonymous letter signed “The Snowman.” Later he finds an alarming common thread in all the old disappearance cases. Married women go missing the day the first snow falls. That same night Sylvia Pedersen is fighting her way through the first snow in a forest outside Oslo. She knows she is running for her life, but she doesn’t know what from. Nor does she know what lies ahead. Fortunately.

Fassbender, who is described as being in talks for the leading role, can next be seen in Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, which hits theaters October 9.

Alfredson himself has drafted the screenplay alongside Soren Sveistrup. Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are attached to produce.

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