Here is the first look at Michael Fassbender as Harry Hole in the English-language adaptation of The Snowman, which was written by Jo Nesbø. The film has been shooting in Oslo, Bergen and Rjukan in Norway since the 18th of January, and has been a huge benefactor of Norway’s new incentive scheme that brings foreign productions to the country, receiving 45 million NOK.

The film also stars Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson, Val Kilmer, Charlotte Gainsbourg and parts for Jakob Oftebro and Sofia Helin. VG.no posted the first images of Fassbender of Harry Hole, and you can see them all here. The film is directed by Tomas Alfredson, and produced by Jo Nesbø, Niclas Salomonsson, Martin Scorsese (who was originally going to direct), Liza Chasin and Amelia Granger. The 160 crew members and 1,700 extra will finish the Norwegian shooting schedule this month.

The remainder of Norway’s new incentive scheme went to Downsizing, a dramedy by US director Alexander Payne. The film is about a man who realises he would have a better live if he were to shrink himself, and stars Matt Damon, Reese Witherspoon and Jason Sudeikis. Norwegian line producer Per Henry Borch told local press that without incentive funding the film could go somewhere else.

Overall, four film and television projects had applied for funding from the new programme, but neither The Actor from Norway’s Rubicon TV nor Occupied III, the third season of Norway’s most successful series were considered by the Norwegian Film Institute.

The Snowman photo: Trond Solberg, VG

 

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Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is know based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.