Back in December, we learned that Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace were looking to team up for the Dennis Lehane adaptation Animal Rescue. Well now it appears that the duo may be planning back-to-back projects, as Heat Vision reports that Hardy and Rapace are in talks to star in Child 44. The film is based on the book of the same name by Tom Rob Smith and takes place in the 1950s where it centers on a security officer in the Soviet Union who finds himself demoted and exiled while investigating a string of murders.
Safe House helmer Daniel Espinosa is set to direct the thriller, with Hardy looking to play the Soviet officer and Rapace eyeing the role of his mysterious wife. Ridley Scott and Michael Costigan are onboard to produce, and filming is hoping to get underway in May in Budapest, after Hardy and Rapace complete Animal Rescue which shoots in March. Hit the jump to read a synopsis for Smith’s novel.
Here’s a synopsis for Child 44:
In a country ruled by fear, no one is innocent.
Stalin’s Soviet Union is an official paradise, where citizens live free from crime and fear only one thing: the all-powerful state. Defending this system is idealistic security officer Leo Demidov, a war hero who believes in the iron fist of the law. But when a murderer starts to kill at will and Leo dares to investigate, the State’s obedient servant finds himself demoted and exiled. Now, with only his wife at his side, Leo must fight to uncover shocking truths about a killer-and a country where “crime” doesn’t exist. [Amazon]