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Let's Add 'The Snowman’ starring Michael Fassbender to the Must See List

You don’t have to follow movies based on books, slavishly, as I do, to get excited about this one. Not at all sure how I missed that it ended up on this year’s slate of movies hitting the screen.

The Snowman, based on Jo Nesbo’s book, comes via that flurry of interest in Nordic crime lit we had a few years back. The film stars Michael Fassbender as Harry Hole, the Norwegian detective who investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman.

Costarring with Fassbender is Rebecca Ferguson—happily she has more to do than she did in The Girl on the Train—as Katrine Bratt, a new member of Hole’s team who he finds himself irresistibly drawn to. So we’ve got suspense and sex. Sounds good to me. The cast includes Toby Jones—don’t miss him as villain Culverton Smith in Sherlock—J.K. Simmons, Charlotte GainsboroughJames D’arcy, Chloe Sevigny and Val Kilmer. Directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor, Soldier, Spy) the script was written by Hossein Homini (Drive, Our Kind of Traitor) and Michael Matthew Carnahan (World War Z). The film is set in Oslo and surrounding areas. 

Set for release on October 13th, I’m adding it to this year’s list of movies based on books. As it stands now it’s moving up on my personal list of films I’m most looking forward to. October. Not a bad release month for movies hoping to catch Oscar’s eye.

About the book

One night, after the first snowfall of the year, a boy named Jonas wakes up and discovers that his mother has disappeared. Only one trace of her remains: a pink scarf, his Christmas gift to her, now worn by the snowman that inexplicably appeared in their yard earlier that day.  Inspector Harry Hole suspects a link between the missing woman and a suspicious letter he’s received. The case deepens when a pattern emerges: over the past decade, eleven women have vanished—all on the day of the first snow. But this is a killer who makes his own rules . . . and he’ll break his pattern just to keep the game interesting, as he draws Harry ever closer into his twisted web. With brilliantly realized characters and hair-raising suspense, international bestselling author Jo Nesbø presents his most chilling case yet—one that will test Harry Hole to the very limits of his sanity.

Really looking forward to this one! What’s your most anticipated movie coming in 2017?