5 Things to Know Before Watching Jo Nesbø’s ‘The Snowman’

Posted on October 18, 2017 by

The film adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s bestselling thriller The Snowman hits theaters October 20. The seventh book in Nesbø’s series about detective Harry Hole but the first to be adapted to film, The Snowman pits a hard-edged detective against a cunning sociopath. Here’s everything we know about The Snowman movie so far.


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1. The plot will have thriller fans shivering.

A murder on the first snowfall of winter leads brilliant but troubled detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) on a cat and mouse game. With the assistance of talented recruit Katrine Bratt (Rebecca Ferguson), Hole investigates the new crime and comes to the conclusion that a long-dormant serial killer — who leaves a snowman as his calling card — might be active again. Harry’s team must find the connection between the cold cases and the new case if they hope to catch the killer before the next snowfall.


2. The talented cast has the chops for this ambitious thriller.

Michael Fassbender as Harry Hole in 'The Snowman'

Michael Fassbender (The Light Between Oceans, X-Men: Apocalypse) will play tough-as-nails detective Harry Hole and Rebecca Ferguson (The Girl on the Train, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation) will play the new recruit. Other cast members include the versatile J. K. Simmons (Spider-Man) as Arve Støp, Charlotte Gainsbourg (Melancholia) as Rakel Fauke; and Val Kilmer (Top Gun, Batman Forever) as Gert Rafto.


3. Michael Fassbender is a fan of the author.

Michael Fassbender and The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

Fassbender admits he deliberately didn’t read The Snowman before taking on the lead role in the film. Instead, he read the prequels and sequels. Fassbender says:

“Harry obviously gets much more refined when we get to know the character, but I wanted to understand the basic characteristic traits, the descriptions of him, the physicality. Then I started working my way through what happened directly after this novel. To see what his future held.”


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4. The movie was filmed in Norway.

Michael Fassbender in Norway

Though the film’s cast is an international amalgam of talent, the movie stays true to the setting of the Norwegian bestseller. Though Harry Hole is a detective on the Oslo Crime Squad, there was a bidding war between Stockholm and Oslo over where the film would be shot. Both cities offered funding, free parking, and other perks to attract the production company. Oslo ultimately won and the movie was largely filmed in that city.


5. This new “Scandi Noir” film is in good hands.

Tomas Alfredson and Michael Fassbender on the set of 'The Snowman'

Tomas Alfredson replaced Martin Scorsese as director, but rest assured Alfredson is no stranger to atmospheric movies. Alfredson also directed the well-reviewed Swedish horror film Let the Right One In and an adaptation of John le Carre’s Tinker Tailor Solider Spy, which scored an Oscar nomination for Gary Oldman’s portrayal of intelligence agent George Smiley.


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