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Norway’s first serial killer has a game for Detective Harry Hole. Director Tomas Alfredson brings Jo Nesbø’s bestselling detective series to life in Universal Pictures’ forthcoming film, The Snowman. While Hole attempts to piece together clues from the serial killer, he finds himself becoming more entangled in the mystery; he may be linked more closely to the killer than he thought. Filmed in the story’s original setting of Norway, the picturesque, wintry landscape is a sharp contrast to the brutal murders Hole is investigating.
Not only does the new trailer reveal glimpses of the serial killer’s weapon of choice—a mechanized garrote—it also offers details of the murders. A serial killer who reports his victim missing before killing her? “Building snowmen, cutting things up in little pieces, that’s what a child does to establish order,” Hole (Michael Fassbender) says. The Snowman offers thrilling chase for Hole and the recently transferred Katrine Bratt (Rebecca Ferguson) as they follow the trail left of a killer who leaves snowmen at his murder sites.
The trailer also alludes to Harry Hole’s troubled background with alcoholism and insubordination, detailed in Nesbø’s earlier novels. Fassbender’s gift for troubled protagonists (Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre, Magneto in X-Men: Days of Future Past) offers a depth atypical to mystery thrillers. He’s joined onscreen by J. K. Simmons, Ronan Vibert, Chloë Sevigny, and Val Kilmer.
A Thrilling Adaptation
Alfredson, who gave us the haunting and endearing Let the Right One In, is neither a stranger to horror nor book adaptations. His film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy won a BAFTA Award for Best British Film and was nominated for Best Director. Screenwriters Hossein Amini (Drive) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) have adapted the novel. Cinematographer Dion Beebe, who brought us the gritty aesthetics of Edge of Tomorrow, offers sweeping vistas of Norway’s snowy landscape from behind the lens. The Snowman promises to be a chilling, fast-paced murder mystery.
The Snowman arrives in theaters October 20.
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