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Michael Fassbender in Talks to Star in Adaptation of Jo Nesbo’s ‘The Snowman’

Michael Fassbender is in talks to star in the adaptation of Jo Nesbo’s crime novel “The Snowman” for Working Title and Universal.

“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” helmer Tomas Alfredson will direct. The film will be produced by Working Title Films in association with Alfredson’s Another Park Film.

Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce along with Piodor Gustafsson. Soren Sveistrup penned the script.

The film revolves around Harry Hole, a detective who has been featured in 10 Nesbo novels. Described as a loose cannon in the Oslo police force, the story has Hole investigating the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman.

When Working Title originally optioned the book, the idea was to make create a series similar to the Alex Cross films that have starred Morgan Freeman and most recently Tyler Perry.

Martin Scorsese, who at one point was circling the project, is executive producing alongside Nesbo and Niclas Salomonsson, who also represents Nesbo. Working Title’s Liza Chasin and Amelia Granger will also executive produce.

Fassbender has a busy fall ahead of him with Weinstein Co.’s “Macbeth” and Universal biopic “Jobs” bowing, which just debuted at the Telluride Film Festival to glowing reviews for both the film and Fassbender.

He is repped by CAA.

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