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?
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Gary Oldman face lol
Nuno Lopes on Mar 22, 2013
I read the trilogy and it was totally absorbing, I'd recommend it to any one. The cast seems solid so far, which is promising but i definitely had a different picture of Leo demidov than the way Hardy looks. I hope they can pull it off while sticking close to the source material.
thechillerdewd on Mar 22, 2013
If you say "fatally" injured, don't you mean that Gordon died from his wounds? Perhaps "critically" might be a better choice of words. Or "really messed up"
William Mize on Mar 22, 2013
I was thinking the same thing
conradthegreat on Mar 23, 2013
Don't forget they worked together in Lawless too. So this is the fourth time working together.
snazzle23 on Mar 22, 2013
Haa funny article pic. Honestly, Ill watch anything Oldman is in, hes just one of the greats.
Cody W on Mar 22, 2013
Hell. Yes. The guy made Red Riding Hood compelling for the moments he was on screen for chrissake! If Oldman had better instincts in relation to the parts he chose (or a better f*ckin agent) his career could have rivaled DDL's instead he goes from masterful (TrueRomance,Gordon-TDKTrilogy etc.) to still amazing performance, but surrounded by shite on all sides type shlock (TheBookOfEli or any number of other crap films he's graced with his presence).
Randall Emerson Appleby on Jun 23, 2013
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