Michael Fassbender plays Detective Harry Hole, who teams up with new detective Katrine Bratt, played by Rebecca Ferguson. Ferguson is no newcomer to blockbuster thrillers, costarring in last year’s, The Girl on the Train adaptation with Emily Blunt as Anna.
“I like it because Harry Hole’s a very flawed genius in his department of work. He’s an excellent detective. But he kind of goes off the rails. He’s very human in terms of — Let’s say, if there was a fight sequence with somebody. He’s not Jack Reacher. He comes off the worse for wear a lot of the times in these encounters. And I like that.”
The Norwegian novel, released in 2007, tells the story of the unpredictable detective chasing Norway’s infamous serial killer. The murderer targets women in Oslo, leaving an ominous snowman at each of his murder scenes. Detective Hole begins to discover a pattern between the murders: They all occur on the first snow fall. But according to the publisher’s description, “This is a killer who makes his own rules… and he’ll break his pattern just to keep the game interesting.”
The Snowman marks the seventh book in Nesbø’s Harry Hole series. The most recent installment, The Thirst, arrived March 2017. According to Variety, upon initially optioning the novel, production company Working Title sought to create a series of movies similar to the Alex Cross films.
The Snowman, directed by Tomas Alfredson, arrives in theaters on October 20.
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