The new film has a script by Matthew Michael Carnahan (World War Z) adapted from one of writer Jo Nesbø's bestselling series of Harry Hole novels. The Oslo cop, a cigarettes and alcohol fatalistic maverick in the best traditions of movie detectives like Jake Gittes and Popeye Doyle, is in his early '40s in the books and an outsider in his own department. In the story, he is investigating a missing persons case launched when a woman's pink scarf is found wrapped around the neck of an ominous looking snowman.
Neither Ferguson or Gainsbourg's roles are mentioned in Deadline's report, but Alfredson appears to be building another quality cast. Gainsbourg was last seen in Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac (2013) films and has a slightly different film arriving next year as she is part of the cast for Roland Emmerich's Independence Day (1996) sequel Independence Day: Resurgence, which unleashes its chaos upon us on 24 June.