Gary Oldman Reuniting with Tom Hardy for 'Child 44' Soviet Thriller
Despite being fatally injured by the henchman of Tom Hardy as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, it sounds like Gary Oldman doesn't hold any grudges as Heat Vision reports The Fifth Element and recently added cast member of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will reteam with the Batman villain for the thriller Child 44 from Safe House director Daniel Espinosa. Hardy is leading the story written by Richard Price (Ransom and Shaft) and based on Tom Rob Smith's novel of the same name (the first in a trilogy), which also features Prometheus star Noomi Rapace and new RoboCop Joel Kinnaman as the film's murderous villain. Read on!
So what's the story about? The plot follows a security guard and former war hero named Leo Demidov (Hardy) who unquestionably believes in Stalin's rule in 1950s Soviet Union. But when he investigates a series of child murders, the country strips him of his rank and casts him out in order to preserve the illusion of a crime-free utopian society. Demidov struggles to find the truth behind the murders and the real reason the government is hiding them, thinking that his wife (Rapace) is the only one left on his side, when in fact she has some secrets of her own. Oldman plays the head of police, looking into the government conspiracy.
Hardy and Oldman also worked together in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and this third time sounds like more than just a charm. Each of the actors have a way of disappearing into the roles they take on, even if it's just a subtle voice change combined with their wardrobe and make-up. And yesterday was Oldman's birhday, so this seems like a decent present for the actor. Here's hoping Espinosa crafts something a little less generic than Safe House, a film that wasn't terrible, but mostly forgettable. Thoughts?