Tom Hardy to Star in 'Safe House' Director Daniel Espinosa's 'Child 44'
After breaking out on the international film scene with his Swedish crime thriller Snabba Cash, filmmaker Daniel Espinosa got called up to the big leagues and directed the action hit Safe House last year. Now THR reports that The Dark Knight Rises star Tom Hardy and Prometheus protagonist Noomi Rapace have joined Espinosa's next Hollywood effort, a Soviet period piece thriller called Child 44, which is based on Tom Rob Smith's novel. Hardy and Rapace are already paired up to shoot Animal Rescue together this March, and the acting duo will jump into production on Child 44 immediately afterwards. More below!
The plot follows a security guard and former war hero named Leo Demidov (Hardy) who unquestionably believes in Stalin's rule. 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 refuses to acknowledge them, thinking that his wife (Rapace) is the only one left on his side, when in fact she has some secrets of her own.
Espinosa has proven himself capable of directing smart, adult thrillers so far, and seeing him team up with actors as talented as Hardy and Rapace is a great sign for his career. There was some question as to whether or not Espinosa would jump into production on another movie called The Outsider first, but with a cast like this, writer Richard Price (The Color of Money, Ransom) tackling the screenplay, and a window of availability already set, it looks like Child 44 will be his next project out of the gate. The book version of Child 44 is the first in a trilogy, so if this movie hits with audiences, we might be in store for a lot more of this particular trio in the coming years. Intrigued?