A killer is on the loose and Michael Fassbender is the only man who can stop him in the new international trailer for The Snowman. Rebecca Ferguson, Chloe Sevigny, Val Kilmer, J.K. Simmons, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Toby Jones co-star in the thriller from Universal Pictures.

Based on a novel by Jo Nesbo, The Snowman stars Fassbender as Harry Hole, a detective who believes that the perpetrator of a recent murder is in fact a serial killer whose work goes back many years. Along with his partner Katrine Bratt (Ferguson), Harry tracks the killer whose signature is leaving behind snowmen at the scene of his crimes. A trail of clues soon leads Harry into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with the killer, who always seems one step ahead of the detectives.

A new international trailer for The Snowman (see above) from Universal Pictures UK (a first trailer dropped in July) gives more than a taste of the movie’s thriller plot, which begins as a standard-looking detective yarn but soon takes several twists and turns. The film’s snow-covered setting and chilly tone are reminiscent of Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia, while the story with its planted clues and clever killer sounds echoes of David Fincher’s Seven.

The Snowman 2017 The Snowman International Trailer: Michael Fassbender Hunts a Killer

With his steely intensity, Michael Fassbender seems the perfect actor to play a relentless detective being toyed with by a deranged-but-intelligent killer. The movie’s supporting cast is loaded with top acting talent, including Val Kilmer in an undisclosed role. Director Thomas Alfredson has a sure hand with thriller material as he proved with his chilly vampire movie Let the Right One In and his Oscar-nominated John Le Carre adaptation Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. The script is by Tinker Tailor writer Peter Straughan and Drive scribe Hossein Amini.

Could The Snowman be a movie that launches a franchise for Michael Fassbender? The actor may have hoped that Assassin’s Creed would become his big franchise play, but that movie bombed miserably and there will almost certainly be no sequels. The Snowman novel is one of a series featuring Fassbender’s character Harry Hole, so maybe the film could be the start of something. On the surface, The Snowman seems to have a fair amount in common with the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo novels by Stieg Larsson (beyond the fact that both series were written by Scandinavian authors), and efforts to turn that into a franchise in America fizzled out after the first film (though efforts are on-going to resurrect the series).

The Snowman would likely have to be a wild success for Universal to think of trying to build a franchise. Fassbender certainly is a magnetic presence on-screen and Harry Hole seems like a great role for him, and by all indications The Snowman has the kind of twisty, intense plot that makes for a great cinematic thriller.

MORE: Watch The Snowman Domestic Trailer

Source: Universal Pictures UK

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