Irish-German actor Michael Fassbender has landed the role of police inspector Harry Hole in the upcoming version of Norwegian author Jo Nesbø’s crime novel Snømannen (The Snowman). Filming is due to start in Oslo next year.
Nesbø himself was delighted: “He’s been one of my favorite actors for several years,” Nesbø told state broadcaster NRK on Friday.
Oslo won out over other locations for the film, not least because Nesbø’s book is set in Oslo. A spokesman for United International Pictures Norge said that Fassbender was now confirmed as the star of The Snowman film.
Actress Charlotte Gainsbourg was also cast for a major role in the film, along with Rebecca Ferguson. Gainsbourg has played in films including Independence Day, Antichrist and Resurgence, while Ferguson starred with Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible, along with having roles in other films.
Nesbø told NRK he “couldn’t see any actors” other than Fassbender in the lead role of the tough police inspector Harry Hole. “What’s important is that he’s a good actor who can tell the story they want,” Nesbø said, referring to those making the film. “That won’t necessarily be the same story I have told.”
Fassbender, age 38, is best-known for his roles in X-Men, Inglorious Basterds and 12 years a slave. He was born in Heidelberg but grew up in Ireland and now lives in London, commuting to Los Angeles when he appears in US-produced films.