Michael Fassbender is damn busy, and with good reason. He’s one of the most exciting talents in Hollywoods having excelled in everything from smaller indie fare (Frank, Fish Tank), to high profile Oscar films (Inglorious Basterds, 12 Years a Slave), to enormous sci-fi and superhero spectacles (Prometheus, the new X-Men trilogy). With several upcoming films in the can (Steve Jobs, Macbeth, and Terrence Malick’s next project), and one currently in production (Assassin’s Creed), Fassbender has now lined up his next project withTinker Tailor Soldier Spy director Tomas Alfredson.
Fassbender will star in The Snowman, an Oslo set crime drama based on the popular book by Jo Nesbø. In the film, Fassbender will play Norwegian detective Harry Hole (quit your giggling), who investigates what he believes is Norway’s first serial killer. In the book, the killer leaves a snowman at the scene of every crime he commits.
The film was originally to be directed by Martin Scorsese, but the director’s chair has since been filled by Alfredson. Scorsese is still involved with the project as an executive producer. No release date has been set yet.
The Snowman is one in a series of ten books written by Nesbø about Hole, so while this is a high profile crime drama, it also has franchise possibilities.