Michael Fassbender is in talks to star in The Snowman, the adaptation of Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbo‘s novel.
The Universal and Working Title film centers on a detective named Harry Hole who investigates the disappearance of a young boy’s mother. All that is left of her is the pink scarf her son gave her for Christmas, which is now wrapped around a snowman that mysteriously appeared in the front yard. As he digs deeper into the case, he comes to realize he may be tracking Norway’s first official serial killer.
The Snowman, released in 2007, is the seventh book in Nesbo’s Harry Hole crime series. The series follows the Norwegian detective, who is known for his brilliance and his unorthodox methods, as he solves crimes around Oslo.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy helmer Tomas Alfredson, who also directed Let the Right One In, is attached to the direct the film.
Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title will produce. When Working Title first optioned the book years ago, it was planned as a possible crime franchise centered around Harry Hole. Martin Scorsese was attached to direct in 2011.
Fassbender has a slew of upcoming films, including Danny Boyle‘s Steve Jobs, which premiered to much acclaim at Telluride; MacBeth, which debuted in Cannes; Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse for May 2016 and video game adaptation Assassin’s Creed. The actor, whose previous films include Shame, 12 Years a Slave, Prometheus and Frank, is repped by CAA and Troika in the U.K.