Vincent Cassel Replacing Philip Seymour Hoffman in 'Child 44' Thriller
by Ethan Anderton
August 29, 2013
Well, the cast of the thriller Child 44 from Safe House director Daniel Espinosa just got slightly less impressive. Don't worry, the film still stars Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman and Jason Clarke, but Deadline reports Philip Seymour Hoffman will no longer have a role in the film. However, his replacement is nothing to scoff at as Black Swan, Ocean's 12 and Trance star Vincent Cassel will take over the role in the film about a military cop investigating a series of child murders in 1950s Stalinist Russia, adapted by Oscar-nominated Richard Price (Ransom, The Color of Money). More below.
Hardy plays the lead, Leo Demidov, who sees his country strip his rank and cast 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. Cassel will be a welcome addition to the thriller that will hopefully be a little less generic than Espinosa's work on Safe House, which wasn't terrible, but also wasn't memorable.